The Lions announced 66-year-old Spencer’s post on Wednesday, together with ex-Ireland wing Tom Grace being done authority of a British and Irish Lions house in a purpose that sees him attain Welshman Gerald Davies.
Spencer will turn a third English Lions debate manager in rugby union’s veteran era, following Fran Cotton (South Africa 1997) and Bill Beaumont (New Zealand 2005).
Yorkshireman Spencer won 14 England caps between 1969 and 1971, captaining his nation on 4 occasions. He also toured New Zealand with a 1971 Lions.
He has been Rugby Football Union deputy on a Lions house given 2008, while he has also served on a Six Nations Council and with a International Rugby Board.
“It is a outrageous payoff and honour to paint a Lions as debate manager, 46 years after we did so as a player,” he said.
“My prototype Andy Irvine did a illusory pursuit in Australia (2013), and we am looking brazen to following in his footsteps.”
The Lions’ 2-1 Test array delight in Australia dual years ago was their initial given defeating afterwards universe champions South Africa in 1997.
Their final New Zealand debate 9 years ago, that was headed by England’s World Cup-winning supremo Sir Clive Woodward, constructed a 3-0 Test array whitewash.
Grace, meanwhile, toured South Africa with a 1974 Lions and won 25 caps for Ireland, 8 as skipper.
“It is an honour to be allocated authority of a British and Irish Lions,” he said.
“The Lions paint a core values of a sport, and we am beholden for a event to paint them as chairman.
“It is a payoff to take over from Gerald Davies, who has been a smashing envoy for a Lions as a player, debate manager and some-more recently as chairman.”
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