Pierre Spies one of six players released by Montpellier

Spies has spent just over a year at Montpellier. PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images

Montpellier have released six players from their contracts, including former Springbok No. 8 Pierre Spies.

Spies follows coach Jake White out of the Altrad Stadium exit door as the Top 14 club prepares for the arrival of incoming boss Vern Cotter.

Racing put an end to Montpellier's season on Saturday with a 22-13 playoff victory and the club has wasted little time in swinging the axe.

Marvin O'Connor, Antoine Battut, Akapusi Qera, Joffrey Michel and Robins Tchale-Watchou will also join Spies in looking for a new club.