Spencer helps out at Sharks

2013-01-18 10:16

Durban - Carlos Spencer, the former Blues and All Black flyhalf, and assistant to John Mitchell at the Lions, will be spending time with the Sharks as they prepare for their 2013 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.

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According to the Sharks' online editor, Michael Marnewick, a mercurial player, much in the mould of French international Frederic Michalak who spent a few seasons with the Sharks, Spencer played 93 times for the Blues during a purple period in the team’s history, also playing 35 times for New Zealand before embarking on a career in the Northern Hemisphere, making over 100 appearances for Northampton Saints.

He has enjoyed a period with the Lions, working closely with Elton Jantjies and this year will get the opportunity 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,“ explains coach John Plumtree. “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.”

Carlos Spencer said 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.”

Sharks coach John Plumtree (left) and Carlos Spencer (Photo: Michael Marnewick)


  • will.hodge.524 - 2013-01-18 10:24

    No doubt that the Sharks backline will benefit from Spencer!!

      sean - 2013-01-18 11:45

      Pat Lambie will enjoy working with Carlos Spencer.Spencer has got bags of experience & tricks up his sleeve in this,but above all he'll let Lambie improve on his natural game.Sharks already has a top notched backline,but they could do with more input from a guy like Spencer.Sharks are making all the right moves this early before kick off and look set to be the team to beat.

      donavan.boshoff - 2013-01-18 13:44

      Sweet! Welcome to the Shark tank king Carlos

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2013-01-18 10:33

    Check those guns on plumtree

      reinie.brandt - 2013-01-18 10:42

      Fittest looking coach in SA!

      stormers.fanbasefull - 2013-01-18 18:55

      You must mean "BB Gun", cause I dont see much there ;-)

      Caleb - 2013-01-22 02:35

      Well, you should see the guns on Carlos, when he was playing at the Blues, he had to have Quad muscle reduction surgery as they got too big. He spent alot of time in the gym.

  • reinie.brandt - 2013-01-18 10:39

    This can only be great things for the Sharks and Pat! I am so frikken excited for Super rugby this year! SHARKS FOR LIFE!!!!!

      neville.watson.31 - 2013-01-18 10:54

      This may be the little bit of input to propel Lambie to the top of the fly-half stakes. Sharks Forever!!

  • John - 2013-01-18 10:40

    Very good move this now the sharks need to be a bit more consistent.....

  • sarge.lepoivre - 2013-01-18 10:50

    Exciting times ahead!!

  • whapdap - 2013-01-18 10:51

    What is it with the Sharks always getting overseas (New Zealand) people to coach them.....We use Proudly South African coaches. STORMERS FOR LIFE.....I AM A STORMER!!!!!!!!!!!

      MarkSchrade1980 - 2013-01-18 10:56

      Professional sport dude, u use the best u can get for the right price. Get with the program....

      stormers.fanbasefull - 2013-01-18 18:58

      Get with the program you say? Like the Sharks rugby Union has gotten with the New Zealand program of whinging like a b!tch when they dont have their way....I much prefer the Proudly South African way - if its broken and you're unhappy, beat the p!ss out of it till it changes to suit you.

      Caleb - 2013-01-22 02:36

      Aaah stormersfan, how quick you are to forget the whinging on here from your compatriots... Pot and kettle come to mind.

  • victor.mendes1 - 2013-01-18 11:09

    Sharks chances of winning SR 2013 just went up.

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2013-01-18 11:17

    Campese made a big difference to the team. Here's hoping Spencer can do the same. Sharks Forever!!

  • - 2013-01-18 11:19

    Dit is die beste ding wat vir Lambie kon gebeur het. Elton het baie verbeter onder Carlos. Meyer moet nou net Lambie los dat hy sy eiegame speel dan sal hy groter as Naas word.

  • bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2013-01-18 11:34

    Hope he's not helping out with the defence.

  • louis.bensch.31 - 2013-01-18 11:47

    Happy for the Sharks, can't believe the Lions got rid of him, good luck Carlos.

  • william.cadman.7 - 2013-01-18 14:24

    The sharks r making all the right noises pre season!!! Hopefully we can be a bit more consistent in the conference this year, and then I certainly think that we r te team to beat!! Come on sharks u beauties!!!

  • stormers.fanbasefull - 2013-01-18 18:54

    All the Cape Kiwi supporters who cant afford to move to New Zealand, here's your chance, pack your backs and #### off to Durban. Sharks should be a colony of New Zealand it seems in a couple of years and you'd be able to support the Kiwi's as much as you like.

      sagteroomys.tannie - 2013-01-20 11:20

      Can't believe so many Kiwi supporters here in the Western Cape! 95% will not be able to point TO NZ on world map if asked to do so. Each to his own. GO SHARKS!!!

      duncan.biyela - 2013-01-21 10:15

      Pack your backs??? Must be a Stormer

      donavan.boshoff - 2013-01-21 16:03


  • Jimmy NZ - 2013-01-18 21:04

    This is really bad news for all the other teams! Will think this should benefit young Lambie the most! Well done Sharks, great idea :)

      Caleb - 2013-01-22 02:39

      Yeah, i was really hoping the Blues would get him back as assistant coach to JK, given that he played for them for half dozen years. I was amassive fan of his when he was playing. One of those guys who could spark anything from anywhere, real x-factor. I see bits of him in Quade Cooper, when Coopers on form that is.

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