Spencer to spice things up for Blues

Brisbane Tens
by Sam Phillips

The Blues will have added a dash of flair to their Brisbane Tens lineup, naming Carlos Spencer as their wildcard for next year's tournament.

The former All Blacks playmaker, who was known for his incredible skill set, will come out of retirement at age 42 to help lead the Auckland outfit.

Spencer was the people's choice, just like he was in his playing days, with an online poll of Blues fans clearly selecting the 35-Test All Black.

"It’s going to be amazing to put that Blues jersey back on again,” Spencer said.Carlos Spencer will return to the field at Suncorp Stadium. Photo: Getty Images“I am very excited to be running around with a bunch of young guys again.”

Classic Wallabies Andrew Walker, Radike Samo, Lote Tuqiri and Morgan Turinui all turned out for their respective Super Rugby clubs in 2017 and Spencer said he had been doing plenty of work off field to stay fit.

"I’m actually training for the Cape Epic (an eight-day, 700km mountain bike race through South Africa’s Western Cape) in March next year, so I’m doing a bit of cycling at the moment," he said.

"I’ve played a couple of social events over the last couple of years but these guys are a lot fitter, faster and stronger.

"I’ll be relying on the young guys to put me into space and then back me up so I can offload it.

"I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The second edition of the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens takes place on Friday February 9 and Saturday February 10, 2018 at Suncorp Stadium. Buy tickets here.