Bracken's American dream making for pleasant change
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.
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