Kyran Bracken MBE

Kyran Bracken MBE

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Former England Scrum Half

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Though plagued with injury, Kyran earned 170 Saracens caps and 50 for England – including a big contribution to the famous World Cup win. He explains how the team had several leaders, each responsible for their discipline but following a single game plan. As in business, they fought hard to deliver results and to leave the opposition in their wake. After dinner, the Dancing on Ice champion tells how his team became the best in the world - and describes the journey from turnovers to toe loops.


Kyran Bracken played rugby for England for ten years, making his debut against the All Blacks when Jamie Joseph famously stood on his ankle. Although plagued with injury, he gained 50 caps - the highlight being his contribution to the World Cup win in 2003.

Until the advent of the professional game, Kyran balanced playing for Bristol with a successful career in law. He took part in trials for Ireland, but was rejected and told to return in a few years – which he did, albeit on the opposing team. He went on to play 170 times for Saracens, tour with the Lions and appear on numerous occasions for the Barbarians.

After retiring Kyran swapped his rugby shirt for all-in-one lycra and agreed to appear on ITV’s Dancing on Ice. He went on to win the contest. The spray tan and sparkly outfits clearly made their mark - Kyran’s passion for ice skating continues. But he’s also stayed close to rugby as a coach at Leicester.

On the conference platform Kyran talks about his formula for success, using practical examples from an England team who progressed from nearly-men to World Champions.
He explains how they had several leaders, each responsible for their own discipline but following a single game plan designed to leave the opposition in their wake. After dinner, he compares those who have influenced him the most. Who was the more fearsome: Sir Clive Woodward or Torvill & Dean?

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Gameplan after dinner