Carlos Spencer

Former All Black Carlos Spencer cut from Hurricanes coaching staff

In a statement following a report onĀ 1 News, the Super Rugby club confirmed Spencer would leave the club immediately, as the 0-2 Hurricanes return to training on Tuesday for Sunday's match against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

"Due to the financial uncertainty created by Covid-19, we have agreed he will finish his contract early," the Hurricanes said.

"This means he will not be part of the Hurricanes coaching team for the remainder of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa.

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The Hurricanes will have an excellent mix of continuity and fresh ideas in their coaching ranks for 2019.

Forwards coach Richard Watt and scrum coach Dan Cron have committed to the 2019 group alongside next head coach John Plumtree who replaces the current and outgoing head coach Chris Boyd along with Jason Holland.

Joining the quartet will be former All Black first-five Carlos Spencer who will take on the role as assistant coach.

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Except, he's really not.

"He's got all the gear on and I mistook him for one of my players today because he looks in good condition, he's testing well," coach Tana Umaga said, having watched him complete a "bronco" shuttle-run exercise the day before.

Legendary first-five Spencer - now aged 42 - guided the Aucklanders to their last Super Rugby triumph in 2003 before departing the franchise in 2005.

Arguably, they still haven't replaced him in the No.10 jumper.