SUPERCUT: Retiring Scott Spedding highlights will actually, genuinely shock you
France and Castres fullback Scott Spedding announced his retirement at the end of the season on Instagram today.
The 33-year-old has decided to call an end to his career with the Top 14 champions after his contract expires at the end of the season.
The South African born France international said he “never would I have imagined I would experience what I have experienced” after arriving at Brive in 2008, but he will “no longer be able to play this beautiful game”.
Spedding made his debut for France in 2014, and soon became the team’s established fullback. Standing at 6ft 2 and weighing over 15 stone, Spedding made his name as a powerful fullback, who was very solid under the high ball. His monstrous boot also made him an asset to whomever he played for.
Here are some highlights of the fullback’s career:
Castres have two regular games left this season before the playoffs, which they are likely to make. However, Spedding is currently injured, and will not make it back before then, meaning he has already played his final game of professional rugby.
He has played 15 games this season since being released by Clermont Auvergne last summer. He has been released because, despite being a France international and playing in France since the age of 22, he is not classified as an academy player, in which French Rugby Federation want more of.
Spedding last earned the last of his 23 France caps in 2017, despite Jacques Brunel’s team only this Six Nations showing at times how desperate they were for a fullback. Yoann Huget’s troubling afternoon against England showed that.
However, Spedding’s career has petered out in recent years after being one of France’s most dependable players, and he has perhaps chosen the right time to call it a day.