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 RTE Televisions 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, a bestselling autobiography entitled “Brent Pope If You Really Knew Me“  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”. Brent was also the founder and curator of the “Outside In Art Gallery”



brent's autobiography


the book



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Rugby Book of the Year Shortlisted



Brent Pope with Kevin MacDermot


In his candid autobiography, If You Really Knew Me, Brent Pope talks 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.


"Its all there in this book.
Great photographs too.
Worth reading.