Rugby Union: Western Force player and Notre Dame student Marcel Brache dons the red, white and blue


Marcel Brache.
Marcel Brache.

A LOCAL student recently had the chance to represent his country for the first time in the sport he loves most – but it was not for the green and gold.

University of Notre Dame’s Marcel Brache made his international debut for the United States when it played Tonga recently, the country he called home for the first four years of his life before moving to South Africa, where he fell in love with the game, and then on to Perth, where he was recruited to the Western Force in 2013.

Despite losing the game 20-17, Brache said it was an experience he would relish forever.

“My debut game was an unbelievable experience and a really proud moment for myself and my family and it’s something I will forever cherish,” he said.

“I hope to once again represent my country in the June Test Series in 2017, with games against Ireland, Canada and Georgia – two of which are qualifiers for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“In addition to growing in my capacity at the Force, I hope this experience will be another significant chapter in my rugby career.”