Born in South Africa, he was granted French citizenship in 2014 and played at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. His final test was in November 2017, a 23-23 draw against Japan. "Highs and lows but what an experience! Rugby has been a part of my life since I was a little boy and it will continue to be, but I will no longer play this beautiful game," he wrote on social media on Thursday.
Spedding also played with Brive, Bayonne, and Clermont in the French Top 14.
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