Broadcaster, Author & Speaker
New Zealand born rugby player, coach and TV commentator Brent Pope played rugby with top New Zealand side Otago University before finally settling in Ireland in 1991 and lining out for three seasons with St Marys RFC. Later Brent coached Clontarf RFC for two seasons, leading them to promotion to Division One of the AIL.
Brent was previously employed a Marketing Manager for Brookfield MRI Clinic, and then as an award winning European Marketing Manager for a leading Irish and international property development company.
Brent has worked for RTÉ Sport for over 15 years and has also appeared in many crossover programmes such as ‘The Restaurant’ (Irish TV series), and in ‘The Den’, ‘The Afternoon Show’, ‘The Hook and Popey Roadshow’, ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘The Saturday Night Show’, and various travel programmes. Brent also starred as a singer in ‘Charity You’re a Star’ in 2007. In 2012 he learned and played the clarinet for the RTÉ reality music show ‘Instrumental’.
He is also the curator of a popular art gallery for mental health artists called The ‘Outside In Art Gallery’, and has a movie script entitled ‘Coming out to Play’ listed with a major movie production company.
Brent is involved in several mental health charities, and is an ambassador for St Patrick’s Hospital ‘Walk in My Shoes’, ‘Cycle Against Suicide’, and RTE’s ‘People Of The Year’.
In his candid autobiography, If You Really Knew Me, Brent Pope talked openly, for the first time ever, about his rugby career and personal life. A ruthless, tough player who “ran like a reverse hovercraft”, Popey’s aggressive, uncompromising style inspired the legendary players around him and the teams he coached. He has also published a series of award winning children’s books for charity.
Brent is a motivational business speaker and his lessons in sport, mental well being, professional life and sport coaching, business acumen and media insight gives him an ideal platform to motivate individuals and businesses alike on achieving their goals and effective management. His years as a rugby player, coach and media pundit, with his stories of the characters in rugby, has allowed him to entertain audiences at corporate and private functions. Brent is also available to MC events.