Video: 'I've played longer than I ever thought I would' - Conrad Smith hints full retirement from rugby may be on the horizon

Former All Black Conrad Smith has expressed full retirement from rugby may be near as he gears up to play for the Brisbane 10s.

The 94-Test centre touched down in Australia with French club Pau ahead of this weekend’s Brisbane Tens tournament where he was asked how many more games he had left in him before hanging up his boots for good.

"I think it's more when other opportunities come along and it might be time to call it quits," Smith said.

"I think I'm getting near that stage, I've still got to work a few things out.

"I don't know if there's many games left in me, but I'm still enjoying it, so while it lasts it's good to go."

Smith played the All Blacks between 2004-2015 where he was part of two World Cup-winning campaigns in 2011 and 2015, before deciding to end his international career to take up a big-paying contract with Pau.

Smith is also recognised as a qualified lawyer outside of rugby.

The former All Black says he has a few things to weigh up before he makes the final decision. Source: Supplied


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'Come on Sav don't bring them up' – Blues legend Carlos Spencer on facing old foes the Crusaders

Blues legend Carlos Spencer admits the thought of taking on old foes the Crusaders at the Brisbane Tens this weekend will be interesting, but he will take each match as it comes.

1 NEWS Sports reporter Andrew Saville asked Spencer if he was looking forward to having a crack at his old rivals the Crusaders today.

"Come on Sav don't bring them up," said Spencer.

"I take each game as it comes, I am not thinking too far ahead."

Spencer, 42, infamously flipped the bird to the Christchurch crowd after a Super Rugby match in 2004, when he scored the winning try and denied the home team a bonus point when he converted his own try.

"I am still reminded of it, yep."

28 February, 2004. Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand. Rugby Union Super 12. Crusaders v Blues.
Carlos Spencer.
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Carlos Spencer in action for the Blues against the Crusaders during a Super 12 rugby match at Jade Stadium in Christchurch. Source: Photosport

The Blues won that match 38-29.

Spencer said he has been disappointed with the progress of the Blues franchise in the Super Rugby competition in the last several years.

"I've been very frustrated you know like I said I've got a lot of passion and pride for the club," said Spencer.

"I always keep an eye on them when I've been away and when you see so much talent you think why?

"It has been frustrating and we always say that this going to be the year obviously if you are a Blues fan and if you are very close to them."

The Blues take on the Reds first on Friday afternoon at the Brisbane Global Tens.

Spencer infamously flipped the bird to the Christchurch crowd in 2004 when the Blues beat the Crusaders 38-29. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: 'When do I ever keep it simple?!' King Carlos hoping to turn back the clock with razzle-dazzle plays at Brisbane 10s

He may be 42-years-old, but Blues legend Carlos Spencer says he still backs himself to produce highlight plays for his old Super Rugby club when he takes the field for them this weekend.

Spencer was announced as the Auckland franchise's wild card player for this year's Brisbane Global Rugby Tens tournament after going 13 years without donning the Blues jersey.

In his nine seasons at the club, Spencer developed a reputation for flair with highlight passes and tactical kicking becoming a big part of his style before he departed to join UK club Northampton in 2005.

The 35-Test All Black says he still has those skills under his belt.

"I still do a lot of work with the boys when I do my coaching," Spencer said.

When asked if he was looking to whip out things like banana kicks during the tournament this weekend, Spencer replied with a classic response.

"When do I ever kept it simple, mate?!"

The Blues play the Reds, Rebels and Wild Knights in Pool A for the competition, with their first match kicking off at approximately 5:40pm this Friday against the Reds.

Spencer says he still backs his footy skills at 42-years-old. Source: 1 NEWS


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