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.

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England confirm five-match tour of Australia and NZ

ENGLAND has confirmed it will play five matches Down Under in June as part of their preparations for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

According to The Telegraph, the Martin Johnson-coached side will play the Wallabies in Perth and Sydney, as well as two midweek games against the Western Force and Australia A prior to the first and second tests respectively.

The tour – which will be the 2003 Rugby World Cup winner’s longest since the trek to South Africa in 2000 – will conclude with a match against the New Zealand Maoris in Auckland. CLICK HERE to read more.