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Brent Pope

Ex-New Zealand Rugby Player, Broadcaster and Author

Cheerful, easygoing and witty TV rugby pundit, Brent Pope is possibly the only rugby player ever to write a series of non-rugby books for children. 

In his candid autobiography, 'Brent Pope: If You Really Knew Me', Brent talks openly about his rugby career and personal life. Unusual in the world of rugby, Brent speaks honestly and eloquently about his mental health issues having suffered anxiety attacks for many years. A ruthless, tough player who “ran like a reverse hovercraft”, Pope's aggressive, uncompromising style inspired the legendary players around him and the teams he coached.

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 Irish Life HealthIrish Distillers, and IBEC .

Brent Pope latest book "Win: Proven Strategies for Success in Sport, Life and Mental Health" is out now.

Mental Health
Wellbeing and Mental Health
Team and Performance Management
Lessons from Sport

"It was fantastic! The reaction was excellent, his talk was amazing as always, super feedback from the client for both talks." - Jacintha O'Donohoe, Irish Life 2018

"It went extremely well.  Super engagement.  The HR team were delighted with the talk and Brent’s delivery was absolutely super.  I think it touched a lot of audience members.  Brent mentions if he helps one person at an event, he is happy.  He certainly touched a lot of employees in the room without a doubt, both hearts and minds. Please pass my sincere thanks to Brent and we look forward to working together on more events." - Jacintha O'Donohoe, Irish Life Health

"Just a note to say a big thank you for arranging Brent Pope for our Annual GP Study Dinner. We all had a superb night! Brent went down extremely well with the crowd they loved him! He will be a hard act to follow for next years event." - Tara Madden, Ntpf & GP Coordinator, Bon Secours Hospital

"Brent was a great hit and we were delighted with him. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to him. He was brilliant on the night and so charming and easy to work with." -  Kerry Lindsay, Fundraising Manager, The Mater Foundation

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