Colin Cooper

Super Rugby: Colin Cooper pours cold water on Chiefs return for Aaron Cruden in 2019

"I don't see that as a forseeable option. He's contracted [to Montpellier], so we'll look at what we've got in our own group, in our region, and around the country," the Chiefs coach said on Tuesday.

Damian McKenzie (knee) and Tiaan Falcon (Achilles) are gone for the season, and Jack Debreczeni is a likely absentee for the coming weeks after suffering his second concussion in a month in last Friday's 23-17 loss to the Lions, leaving the Chiefs seriously short of playmakers ahead of facing the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.