Robbie Farah says he knows there’s little chance of him ever replacing Cameron Smith as the Australia Test hooker.
Robbie Farah admits he’s resigned to the fact he’s got little chance of ever usurping Cameron Smith as the Australian Test hooker.
NSW vice-captain Farah has been an integral part of the Blues side that finally ended Queensland’s State of Origin dominance last month.
However, he knows it’s unlikely it’ll lead to a changing of the guard in the Kangaroos No.9 jumper.
“Probably not,” Farah said.
“Unless he gets an injury and I wouldn’t wish that upon him.”
Farah, 30, is a year younger than Smith and said the pair have enjoyed a healthy rivalry at club level with the Wests Tigers and Melbourne respectively and get on well away from the field.
However, he said being part of the 2011 Four Nations squad and last year’s Rugby League World Cup and not being a starting member of the team is not easy.
“It’s always pretty hard going into the Aussie camp knowing you’re playing second fiddle waiting for your time,” he said.
“I never quite feel part of the side even though you are in the squad.
“But that’s the way it is, that is something you have to deal with.”
Farah was often criticised early in his career for being to flashy and lacking the consistency that has been the hallmark of the Queensland and Test skipper’s career for the last decade.
But Farah believes that’s an element he has added to his game since returning to the Origin arena in 2012.
“Over the last couple of years I have played the best footy of my whole career, definitely the most consistent,” the Wests Tigers skipper said.
“That’s something he has been great with through his whole career.
“It’s fair to say that I am bit more extravagant, but the one thing he has always been praised for is his calmness under pressure.
“But we get on fine. In terms of rivalry there’s no chat about it, I am sure if you asked him he’d say the same thing.
“He’s always prided himself on being the best and that’s why we’re both playing Origin.”
“But I am lucky to have played for Australia. Some guys never get the chance and I am grateful for the chance.
“But I am also realistic and know where I stand and I am fine with that.”