King Carlos to make Super Rugby comeback

FORMER All Black first five Carlos Spencer will play in the Super 14 this season – but not for his beloved Blues.

Website Supersport.com reports the 34-year-old (left), who played 34 tests for the men in black between 1997 and 2004, has signed with South African outfit the Lions.

He replaces former Springbok pivot Andre Pretorious, who will turnout for the Western Force this season.

Spencer represented the Blues between 1996 and 2005, playing a key role in Auckland-based franchise’s three championship victories.

He has been plying his trade with Gloucester in the Guinness Premiership after a stint with Northampton. CLICK HERE to read more.

RFU unveils new Guinness Premiership drug policy

GUINNESS Premiership players caught taking drugs will escape with a fine and be given anonymity from next year.

But they will be disciplined and have their names made public if they fail two tests within 18 months, according to the Daily Mail.

The Rugby Football Union is introducing the measures as part of a crackdown on the use of illegal substances in England’s domestic competition.

It follows a drug scandal at Bath led to four players being suspended and another – former Australian international Justin Harrison – being given his marching orders. CLICK HERE to read more.

Blast from the past as Meyer rejoins Bulls

FORMER Bulls mentor Heyneke Meyer has rejoined his old team as a coaching executive as they prepare to defend their Super 14 trophy.

According to website RugbyHeaven, Meyer, who guided the Pretoria-based franchise to Super rugby success in 2007, has been helping with the side’s preseason training at the coastal base of George.

“For me it is a privilege to be allowed back and to work with these guys,”  says Meyer (left).

“Still, I believe my best role at this camp is to stand back a bit and to observe. What I’ve seen so far I’ve been impressed with.”

Meyer, who missed out on the Springboks’ top job to Peter De Villiers, returned to the Republic for family reasons after coaching Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup. CLICK HERE to read more.