Brent Pope was selected in the original 1987 New Zealand Rugby World Cup training squad, but had to withdraw a week before the tournament began due to a serious elbow injury in the final series of All Black trials. Pope came back after injury to be nominated as one of New Zealand’s outstanding domestic players of that year 1987, Pope was named Otago player of the year in 1987/8 and was again shortlisted for the All Blacks tour to Japan at the end of that year only to miss out again when the tour party was trimmed to just 24 players.
Brent worked for RTÉ Sport for over 23 years and also appeared in many crossover programmes.
Brent is a well known mental health advocate and has appeared on many top Irish television and radio shows about his own personal mental health journey. He speaks at conferences, events and corporate engagements both in Ireland and abroad including the Mental Health & Wellbeing Summit and has spoken alongside some of the biggest names in sport and wellbeing including Dame Kelly Holmes and Dr Deepak Chopra. Brent is also a qualified counselling psychotherapist.
Brent is a dedicated charity worker and a proud ambassador to many leading Irish charities, including “Cycle Against Suicide” and St Patrick’s Hospital. An art therapy advocate, Brent was the curator of popular gallery ‘Outside In’ which promoted art therapy work from various prisons, charities and mental health organisations.
Brent is a regular print journalist for the Evening Echo, Daily Mail and various magazines and also published a series of award-winning children’s books for charity.
In 2013 Brent released his autobiography Brent Pope “If You Really Knew Me”, which was shortlisted as one of the best sporting books in the UK at the 2013 British Sports Book of the year award.