Lions fire Carlos Spencer

NZ Newswire August 3, 2012, 10:27 am

Former All Black and Blues first five-eighth Carlos Spencer has followed John Mitchell in the cleanout of Lions coaching staff after a dire Super Rugby campaign.

The Golden Lions Rugby Union said in a statement that Spencer, Mitchell's backline coach, was sacked earlier in the week, along with conditioning coach Wayne Taylor.

Mitchell, All Blacks coach from 2002-2003, was suspended in late June and is under investigation, apparently after a list of grievances against him from players was handed to Lions president Kevin de Klerk.

The Lions finished bottom of the Super Rugby table this season, winning just three from 16 matches.

De Klerk told South African media in June that the complaints were around how Mitchell handled players.

The New Zealander, who coached the Western Force for five years from 2005 before leaving after problems with players, is expected to learn his fate next month.

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  1. 08:44am Saturday 04th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Hey Carlos why dont you and Mitchell become rugby refs now - join the rest of the corrupt Kiwi refs panel.

  2. A.M.G11:18pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I cant stand that arrogant p#*^k-glad they got rid of him

  3. Robert08:09pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    toffee pops are two good for him

  4. 05:36pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Big holiday is over now for Mitchell and Spencer. Run boys = before someone shoots you.

  5. Will05:23pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    If a coach/assist coach fails, does that mean the team has no responsibility as well? A player has his own talents, or not & collectively, with his team can aspire to winning. The ABs will, 9 times out of 10, make any coach a succsessful coach cause they are who they are. Deans was on a hiding to nothing when he took over the Auzzies. Still shouldnt of gone there tho.

  6. tom03:23pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Hey!!Hold on a minute!!The MORE NZ coaches amongst these South African teams the faster South Africa will become a Nobody in International Rugby.Think!!You clots!!

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  7. Bob03:09pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Egotists who think they can hang up their boots and become a coach on the basis they have played the game.

  8. Ann02:53pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Awww ... Carlos, you might as well be better off doing a 'Toffee Pops' sequel ad.

  9. Andrew W01:46pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The two biggest idiots ever to have anything to do with NZ rugby... No wonder the team only won 3 from 16!!

  10. martin01:45pm Friday 03rd August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I wonder haw many people blame Spencer for the Lions being a poor team, but put the blame solely on Mitchell and not Robbie Deans for the ABs failure at the 2003 WC


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