With the recent Rugby World Cup still a hot topic for rugby fans, we are delighted to be running our Rugby Review of the Year Sporting Dinner with two huge names as our guest speakers just days after the Final in Japan.
England’s World Cup-winning scrum-half Kyran Bracken will be joined in the Fal Building at Truro College by all-time great All Black no. 8 Zinzan Brooke for an evening of rugby chat and quality time with colleagues, clients and friends. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and the opportunity for a few beers, all in the company of our regular Cornwall sporting lunch and dinner host, Sky Sports’ Adam Leventhal.
Kyran Bracken: One of England’s most capped and finest ever scrum-halfs, Kyran won 51 caps in total including 4 appearances during England’s incredible World Cup campaign of 2003. For most of his England career he was in direct competition with another fine player and fellow World Cup winner in Matt Dawson, who ended his own career as England’s most-capped scum half ever with 77 appearances. The two of them dominated the position in the side for over a decade, during a period which could be claimed as the finest in the history of the England team. At club level he played initially for Bristol, before moving to Saracens, where he represented the club with distinction for a decade. The highlight of his domestic career came in the Tetley Bitter Cup Final in 1998 at Twickenham, where Sarries thumped Wasps 48-18 to win the club’s first major trophy in their 122 year history, with Kyran weighing in with a try. A qualified solicitor, Kyran famously won the 2007 ‘Dancing on Ice’ series, shortly after his retirement from professional rugby in 2006.
Zinzan Brooke: Widely regarded as one of the greatest rugby players of all-time, New Zealander Brooke played most of his career at No.8 and occasionally at flanker. Blessed with the power of a back-rower and the handling skills of a fly-half, Zinzan broke the mould as a ball-playing forward with outrageous skills and kicking ability. Will Carling described him as “having better kicking and handling skills than some fly-halves playing international rugby. You align that with his strength and ability as a forward to read the game – he was unique” when ranking him the ninth best player in his top 50 in history. He played for a decade at the top internationally, being a part of the 1987 World Cup-winning squad during his debut year, and the team that lost in the final to the famously Mandela-inspired South Africans in 1995. His 58 caps yielded 17 tries, a world record for a forward at the time, and he even managed to kick three drop goals for the All Blacks including one from 48 metres! We are thrilled to welcome this undisputed legend of the game to Truro.
Adam Leventhal: Our host for the evening is Sky Sports’ very own Adam Leventhal, who is a regular presenter on Sky Sports News coverage of all the big events, and a regular host of our Cornish events. Starting at Sky as a reporter in 2003, Adam’s professionalism and obvious love of sport saw him become a presenter in 2010, and he is now one of the most recognisable faces at the broadcasting giant. A Watford fan, Adam’s knowledge of football will ensure that our guests are in for a great evening’s entertainment.
The Fal Building at Truro College: This excellent dining room seats just 200 guests with a dedicated bar and guests seated on round tables. Exclusive tables are offered for groups of 10-12 with smaller groups seated on shared tables of 10. Our speakers will be giving their thoughts on a cracking year’s rugby from the stage, with plenty of space in the facility for our guests’ comfort at our rugby sporting dinner. There is ample parking and we will have security and signage in place to ensure your evening runs without a hitch.