FLASHBACK: December 1994 – England

DECEMBER 1994 – England
THE Rugby Football Union banned Cambridge University centre, Ady Spencer for 12 months, because he played a handful of matches with London Broncos Rugby League Club.
It didn’t matter that Spencer played as an amateur for the club, which was coached at the time by Gary Grienke and managed by fellow Australian, Rob Moore (Now managing director of the Queensland Rugby League).
I interviewed Spencer in November, 1996, when he was training with London at Yeppoon in Central Queensland, ahead of the 1997 English Super League season, which also was to include a World Club Challenge component with Australian and New Zealand clubs.
Cambridge’s first Blue in rugby union and league, Spencer put aside his immediate business aspirations to make a career with London.
Born and raised in the English league stronghold of Warrington, Spencer graduated from Cambridge with a degree in chemical engineering.
Spencer came off the bench at Twickenham in the Varsity match against Oxford, to earn his Blue in rugby, and then made history by being awarded a Blue in league, after representing English students two years running.
In other news from the close of 1994:
– Sheffield Eagles hooker, Lee Jackson was named the first ever John Smith’s International Player of the Year.
– Former Great Britain fullback, Paul Charlton succeeded Scotsman, Hugh Waddell as coach of Carlisle in Cumbria, close to the border with Scotland.
– Dual Welsh rugby representative, Jonathan Davies agreed to a new two year deal with Warrington, with the proviso he could have an off-season stint in Australia.
– Doncaster sacked Welshman, Tony Fisher as coach, replaced him with former England centre, Ian Brooke. Doncaster, facing huge debts, went into administration soon after.
– Featherstone Rivers announced the signing of Caboolture product, Glen Tomlinson, from Batley, while Salford signed Canterbury-Bankstown fullback, Scott Wilson.
FOOTNOTE: Hugh Waddell died suddenly on November 1, 2019, aged 60. Waddell, who toured Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea with Great Britain in 1988, had an off-season stint (from Leeds) with Manly-Warringah in 1989.
<pic>Ady Spencer.

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