Jason Spice

Energetic halfback Jason Spice was a consistent feature of the Hurricanes following his arrival from the Waikato in 1999 until his departure for a second career with the Ospreys in Wales in 2004.

Remembered for his sniping runs and fearless defence, Spice formed a popular inside back partnership with first five-eighth David Holwell for both the Hurricanes and the Vodafone Wellington Lions.

Spice joined the Hurricanes and the Lions from his home province Waikato as an able replacement for departing halfback Jon Preston, after three years with Waikato and a season spent with the Blues in 1998.

He first shared the halfback duties with Junior Tonu’u, displacing Tonu’u as first choice half back in his first year, remaining as the number one number nine for the Hurricanes and the Lions for five years until the arrival of Piri Weepu in 2004.

He played 55 times for Wellington before his Ospreys transfer, captaining the Lions in 2003. In 2006 Spice returned to Wellington in the inaugural air New Zealand Cup for an en eight-week stint in his Welsh off-season

Spice was a New Zealand A tourist to Europe in 2000 and was called up as a substitute for the All Blacks against Argentina in 2001 and was again on standby for the 2002 end of season tour.

In March 2007 he moved from Ospreys to rivals the Cardiff Blues for the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons.

Spice then captained Bristol in the English second division in 2009/10, but left mid-season due to financial reasons.

In 2010/11 he signed a short term contract with Leicester, before joining another English club, Newcastle, on another short term basis in December 2010.

He returned home to the Bay of Plenty in 2011 and turned out for Mount Maunganui in the Baywide club rugby competition whilst also pursuing a teaching diploma at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

Spice was also a handy cricketer, playing first class cricket for Northern Districts as a left arm spinner before concentrating on rugby.

Years: 
1999-2004
Caps: 
64
Player Number: 
64