17 Oct 2012

Cam Smith wins top honour

9:48 pm on 17 October 2012

The Australian captain Cameron Smith has been named the International Player of the Year by the global body of the sport - the highest individual honour in the code.

The Storm Premiership-winning captain, who was also named International Hooker of the Year, was one of seven Australians to be named in the world team of the year, along with Storm team-mate Cooper Cronk, who won Halfback of the Year, while Storm coach Craig Bellamy was named International Coach of the Year.

The award caps another impressive season for Smith, who this year was named as the Kangaroos' new captain, led Queensland to a record-breaking seventh consecutive State of Origin Series triumph, was named Dally M Hooker of the Year, led the Kangaroos to two Test victories over New Zealand and led the Melbourne Storm to the NRL Premiership.

It is the first time Smith has won the award.