Wednesday 7 December 2016

Bracken's American dream making for pleasant change

Published 28/04/2010 | 05:00

PETER BRACKEN was at the Sportsground for Connacht's recent win over Leinster but his rugby career has taken him further west than Galway recently, all the way over to Boston.

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The Tullamore prop, still only 32, has played for Munster, Connacht, Wasps, Bristol, Harlequins and the Dragons -- picking up a Heineken Cup-winner's medal during his time with Wasps. A powerful scrummager, Bracken's name is consistently linked with the Irish provincial sides but it is an ex-patriate outfit -- the Boston Irish Wolfhounds -- who have acquired his services.

Bracken is helping out the USA Super League outfit, specifically with their scrummaging and runs a company that provides specialist advice to improve technique (www.thescrumdoctor.com).

However, Bracken has not hung up his professional boots and hopes to secure a contract in Europe for next season.

"I am still training like a professional because I'm hoping for another contract next season when I return from Boston," said Bracken.

"But for now, it (America) is a pleasant change from the stress, intensity and workload of a professional set-up, no boring stuff such as team meetings or video analysis, which makes a nice change." HF

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