Former England rugby player Kyran Bracken paid a visit to King William’s College in Castletown to provide some elite coaching for the school’s rugby teams.
Mr Bracken, who was part of the England squad which secured theWorld Cup in Australia in 2003, called in on the school’s physical education department and spent time out on the playing fields with the school’s rugby players offering tips to improve their game.
Fiona Tipper tweeted (@KWCrugby): ‘A huge thanks to Kyran Bracken for coaching the boys today and thank you sports teachers for arranging this fab opportunity.’
He responded: ‘Fun coaching the guys – great team spirit.’
Mr Bracken, who was born in Ireland and spent some of his childhood in Liverpool, was here visiting the island to open the skating rink which has been set up at Tynwald Mills to entice the Christmas shoppers. The former scrum half retired from playing in 2006, and in 2007 won the television celebrity talent contest Dancing on Ice.
After school he read law at the University of Bristol, which he represented at rugby union, and later qualified as a solicitor. He was turned down by Ireland as ‘not good enough’ but went on to sign a professional contract with Bristol.