Brent Pope is a New Zealand born rugby player, professional rugby coach, and one of Irelands best known and respected media personalities. Brent has been prominent as one of RTÉ Television's main rugby pundits since 1993 and has also appeared in numerous cross-over programmes including The Late Late Show, The Saturday Night Show, No Frontiers, The Restaurant, The Café, Charity Eurostar and many others. Brent holds a Bachelor of Commerce in economics; valuation and property management from Canterbury University in New Zealand, as well as post graduate qualifications in Marketing, Public Relations (UCD) and Sports Management.
Brent was previously employed as a professional rugby coach, 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 to date, published six children’s books for various charities (including 'Bones' which was written for the Irish Osteoporosis Society), a bestselling autobiography, introduced a new shirt range called POPE and is an accomplished business, motivational and entertaining after dinner speaker. Brent is a dedicated charity worker and a proud ambassador to many leading Irish charities, especially those linked to youth and mental health issues such as 'Cycle Against Suicide', and 'Walk in my shoes', initiatives set up by St Patrick's Hospital. Brent was also the founder and curator of the 'Outside In Art Gallery'.
Brent is a very popular speaker especially as part of organisations Wellbeing and Wellness Programmes. He is an empathetic and candid speaker not afraid to share his own experiences suffering with anxiety to help others. Recent clients include Analog Devices, Irish Life Health, Linkedin, Irish Distillers, IBEC and Medtronic.