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Blues legend Carlos Spencer turns back the clock

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Lynn McConnell     06 Feb 2018     Getty Images

Instead, it has been a quick introduction and down to learning how to cope with the demands on the body in the modern contact game.

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Spencer said he had been working with the Blues squad for a week, during their camp at Cambridge.

He said the first and main reason he was making himself available was to reconnect with the Blues.

In spite of not having played for the side for more than a decade he still regarded himself as a Blues man and had shared the frustrations of fans when the side had failed to follow up the deeds of earlier sides.

"I've been very frustrated. I always keep an eye on them when I've been away and when you see so much talent it has been frustrating. We always say, 'this is going to be the year', obviously if you are a Blues fan and very close to them so hopefully this is going to be the year," he said.

While he continues to coach in Japan in Fukuoka, he always hoped that somewhere down the line there might be an opportunity to work with the Blues in the future.

"But I'm happy where I am at the moment in Japan and I suppose the aim was always to come back here one day if the opportunity was here. I would love to come back here and coach one day," he said.
The biggest challenge in taking on the Tens in Brisbane would be taking physical contact again, he said.

"I managed to do a little bit of contact with the boys on Friday down in Cambridge, a bit of wrestling, and I felt that on Saturday morning.

"Conditioning-wise and fitness-wise I am fine, it's just the contact," he said.

Skills-wise he was confident that running with players while training in Japan had kept him in touch in that regard.

He was also conscious of the fact the Blues were in the Tens for a reason and their focus was building towards Investec Super Rugby.

"I realise that and I've just got to play a part in whatever they want me to do so that's my focus, to help them build for Super Rugby," he said.

Spencer said the young age of the Blues squad had surprised him. He had been in his mid-20s when he set out in professional rugby and the majority of the side were probably in their late-20s.

"It's scary how young they are, and how big and physical they are," he said.