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Former All Blacks and Auckland Blues star first-five Carlos Spencer (Ngati Kahungunu, Muaūpoko) will coach in the United States next year.
Spencer says he will take up a role as assistant coach with NOLA Gold, a New Orleans professional rugby team that competes in the Major League Rugby (MLR) competition in the US.
"I look forward to bringing all my experience and my skill to the NOLA Gold outfit," Spencer said in a social media post.
👑Carlos Spencer se suma al staff de entrenadores de NOLA Gold para la MLR 2022. pic.twitter.com/kPxKdaZ6Qh— Periodismo Rugby (@Perrugby) October 15, 2021
He will join the Eastern Conference team for the 2022 MLR season under Australian-born head coach Nate Osborne, who was attack coach with the USA Eagles at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Spencer's coaching record includes time on the coaching staff with the Lions, Sharks and Kings in South Africa, and Munakata Sanix Blues in Japan.
He joined the Wellington Hurricanes in 2019 as an assistant coach but was released the following year due to the pandemic.
"Really excited about the challenge ahead. Hopefully, we can create some memorable moments," Spencer said.
The NOLA Gold, who moved to a new 10,000-seat stadium earlier this year, finished fifth this season, failing to qualify for the conference playoffs.