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Spencer helps Sharks ahead of season

Published: 11:41AM Wednesday January 30, 2013 Source: Fairfax

  • Former Blues and All Blacks five-eighth, now Lions kicking coach, Carlos Spencer. (Source: Photosport)
    Former Blues and All Blacks five-eighth, now Lions kicking coach, Carlos Spencer. - Source: Photosport

Former All Blacks star Carlos Spencer has resurrected his coaching career with the Sharks in South Africa.

Having lost his position as backs coach at the troubled Lions, the Sharks have been quick to call up Spencer's expertise on a short-term deal ahead of the Super Rugby season.

The move from Johannesburg to Durban brings Spencer into partnership with former Wellington coach John Plumtree who is firmly established as the Sharks' head coach.

Plumtree was impressed with how Spencer developed exciting young first-five Elton Jantjies at the Lions and hopes he can do something similar with Pat Lambie.

"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, who returned to South Africa after boxing in the Fight For Life extravaganza in New Zealand last month, is delighted to help the Sharks.

He said he enjoyed their brand of rugby and believed Lambie, who can switch from 10 to 15, was a real talent.

"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," Spencer said.

"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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