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Spencer helping Sharks prepare for Super Rugby


Former Lions assistant coach Carlos Spencer is working with the Sharks

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Article Published: Friday 18 January 2013


Former All Black flyhalf and Lions assistant coach Carlos Spencer has started assisting Sharks coach John Plumtree ahead of the 2013 Super Rugby season.

The fomer All Black star played 93 matches for Auckland before leaving the Blues to play over 100 matches for Northampton Saints in England.

Spencer, who won 35 All Black caps, left England and joined the Golden Lions in Johannesburg but was let go last year after the Lions lost their Super Rugby status for 2013.

Sharks coach John Plumtree says that he was impressed with the way that Spencer worked with Elton Jantjies at the Lions which is why he wants the former All Black to work with Pat Lambie in a coaching capacity.

"His experience as a player and the opportunity for us to use him - no one was - was great for us, " explained coach John Plumtree on the Sharks website.

"He loves his coaching and his knowledge of flyhalf and backline play is invaluable, he will also be looking at kicking skills, he was a great tactical kicker himself and he is really good at passing on his knowledge.

"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to use him here and it's good for the players to have a change. Because he's going to be here for a couple of weeks, he can enjoy himself and get to know the players which can only be of benefit for everyone.

"I was really impressed with what he did with Elton Jantjies."

Spencer said that he was thrilled to be in Durban with the Sharks and looked forward to working with the team.

"I'm really looking forward to it; Plum (John Plumtree) invited me to come here and spend a couple of weeks with The Sharks, obviously to have a look at Pat Lambie and a few of the other boys. I'm really happy to be here.

"The Sharks have always been a very competitive side, they've always been up there amongst the top teams, be it Currie Cup or Super Rugby."

"They've always had a very dominant forward pack and backed that up with some pretty skilful backs. They are always challenging for a top four spot and finals, they're an exciting team to watch.

"They play a good brand of rugby, one I enjoy as well as, being an attacking player."

"They came close last year and hopefully they can do it this year, I'm looking forward to it, to see how they go this year."

Working primarily with the flyhalves, he will spend a lot of time with Pat Lambie during his stay with The Sharks.

"I enjoyed my time with Elton, he's an exciting and skilful player, Pat is built along the same lines. He's one of those up and coming players with a lot of skill and one certainly for the future - both for The Sharks and South African rugby."

"I'm looking forward to spending a bit of time with him and hopefully I can share a few of my ideas with him and teach him a bit of stuff."

 
 
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