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Carlos James Spencer The King
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- This Band is deicated to Carlos Spencer ,"King Carlos" by his fans ,"Los" by his close friends and team mates .
Carlos James Spencer (born 14 October 1975 in Levin) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays at fly-half (first five eighth) for the Northampton Saints in England and formerly for the New Zealand All Blacks. Spencer is 1.84m tall and weighs 95kg.
He played for the Auckland Blues Super 12 franchise from the inception of the competition in 1996 until 2005, and has played extensively for the Auckland National Provincial Championship (NPC) side. He has generally specialised in the position of 1st 5/8 though he has also played fullback at national and international levels.
Spencer first rose to prominence when he starred in a Ranfurly Shield challenge in 1992, playing for the Horowhenua team against Auckland. Auckland coach Graham Henry spotted Spencer's talent and recruited him to play for the Auckland team.
In 1996, Spencer played for the Auckland Blues in the first game ever played in the Super 12 competition, kicking off the professional era of rugby union.
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- my dad, my stepmum, my lil brother benji, jodene, payton and los... when los came 2 visit the family in dannevirke
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These are the 5 plays Carlos is most proud of - in order.
Auckland vs Otago 1996
The second of 5 tries Carlos scored in this match and one that would make a great coaching video of how to run at defenders with the ball in hand.
A good switch of play to the blindside by Lee Stensness left Carlos with plenty of space to run into. He immediately spots a one on one opportunity with a tight forward, once again carrying the ball in front of him with both hands, leaving the defender in two minds.
He has great support play from Adrian Cashmore (5) and Waisake Sotutu (17). As he approaches Jeff Wilson the Otago Fullback he does something that only Carlos would do. Rather than draw and pass he transfers the ball into one hand and holds it out in front. He is constantly watching Wilson's movements and lines of running and has left Wilson in disarray, finishing off with a beautiful little dummy pass before sprinting away to score a 75 metre try. This has all the hallmarks of Carlos - vision, pace, sidestep and a dash of cunning.
Blues vs Hurricanes 2003
Great vision and pace in this try. Carlos is always looking for an opportunity to run at forwards in the back line. And when he does it's usually with a great deal of success.
Not only was this a superb try but the timing was crucial. It was the first minute of the second half when the Hurricanes were looking to strike back first. Good quick ball by the Blues Forwards gave Carlos plenty of space and time. When he spotted an opportunity of a 4 on 3 overlap and tight forwards in front of him he took off. With good support from the Blues players outside of him the defence held off and Carlos sped through the gap and into the corner.
A typical Carlos effort this one - he not only scores tries but he often sets up other team mates with his searing runs.
All Blacks vs Italy 2000
This is Carlos' sixth try in test match rugby. From halfway he spots a big gap in behind the defensive line and by running at the defence he takes out the option of kicking .. or so you would think!
Rather than kicking with his foot he drops the ball onto his knee, bouncing it into open space. Christian Cullen, the All Black Fullback, has seen Carlos do this at previous training runs and knows exactly what to expect. He races on to the bouncing ball, draws the Italian Fullback beuatifully and passes back to Carlos who has stayed in support to dot down near the posts. This try consisted of precision, vision and a great deal of cheek.
Blues vs Hurricanes 2003 .. the banana kick
The infamous "banana kick" .. prior to this move Carlos and Doug Howlett had discussed this as an option. The key to success of this move begins with Carlos' body language as he receives the ball and runs on the angle to his left, drawing the defence across with him.
He kicks off the side of his right foot back towards where the defence has come from. Doug, chasing through with perfect timing and ensuring he remained onside, gathers the good bounce to score under the posts. The delight shown by the players comes from the satisfaction of many hours spent at practice having paid off.
Auckland vs Counties 1995
This is a superb individual try displaying some of the skills required to be a world-class five-eight. Carlos' speciality is running at the defence. Here the 20 year old shows all the skill we have witnessed since his first class debut in 1993.
His first movement is to run directly at the defender. As he approaches he shifts the ball from under his arm into both hands and feigns a pass. This puts the defender in doubt and he then produces a wicked left foot step and accelerates into the huge gap. He's too quick for the cover defence and with the Fullback to beat he produces the same left foot step and races over for a wonderful individual try. Pure class, great dummy and a couple of brilliant sidesteps all done at pace.
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Carlos has been described as "the genius", "the magician", "King Carlos" and "the conductor of the orchestra".
His guile, deception and pace, and his ability to open up games for his outside backs give rise to these descriptions. It was these same qualities which, as a Horowhenua teenager he used to bamboozle the Auckland side in the Ranfurly Shield Challenge in the 1993 season. The spectacular try which he scored in that game really became the beginning of his journey to professional rugby. But even at that time he was not a novice in first class rugby. In 1992, aged 16 and still at Waiopehu College, Carlos turned out for Horowhenua in a third division NPC match. 11 years later he is playing at the very top of world rugby and is acknowledged as one of the World's best No. 10's.
His brilliance against Auckland in 1993 had Auckland's coach knocking on his door, and it was not much later that Carlos moved to Auckland to fill the position left open on the retirement of the great Grant Fox.
Carlos' reign in Auckland as the premier No. 10 has never been questioned since then. He seems to have been around for ever. Apart from absences due to injury or other representative duties, he has an impressive record of close to 100 games for Auckland and 83 for the Blues Super 12 side.
Outside Auckland and the Blues he has represented New Zealand Colts, New Zealand Maori, New Zealand A and the All Blacks. His first call up for the All Blacks was in 1995 in the short tour to France. This was followed by the tour to South Africa in 1996 along with greats like Michael Jones, Sean Fitzpatrick and Zinzan Brooke - the tour which gave New Zealand its first series win on South African soil. In these tours Carlos was a midweek player. It was not until 1997 that he enjoyed preference as the first choice No.10.
Since then Carlos has been on the selection roller-coaster appearing for the All Blacks in 1998 and 1999 (but being sent home with a crushing knee injury from the World Cup in that year), the short tour of France in 2000, the short tour to England, France and Wales in 2002, and the 2003 season.
He is regarded as being at the peak of his powers. The last word goes to Graham Henry whose observations on Carlos are reported by Wynne Gray in the New Zealand Herald in the following terms:
" Henry glows about the five-eighths' work - and he has seen a fair chunk of Spencer's provincial performances since he scored an outrageous try for Horowhenua in a Ranfurly Shield Challenge against Auckland in Levin. Ten years on, Spencer is still creating that sort of mayhem".
" He must be the most influential player at this level", Henry said. "He has been playing outstandingly well all year. In a very young side he is the kingpin of the team". "He is the main navigator. He has got great instincts, a superb feel for the game and a rich regard for New Zealand and Auckland rugby".
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