Friday, 20 March 2009
We last won the Grand Slam in 1948. That's 61 years ago! (In 1948 Ireland beat England by a point and overcame the Welsh in their final match). Ireland has won the Six Nations 10 times but never the grand slam.
All roads lead to the Millennium Stadium in Wales as Ireland meet Wales in the Grand Slam; and, if we win, we win a place in sporting history.
Ireland's last match was against Scotland on Saturday 14th. We won 22 - 15 at Murrayfield.
Rugby pundit turned children's author turned property developer, Brent Pope, is one half of a controversial duo (other half is George Hook) specializing in commenting on the antics of rugby players in Ireland.
He has strong views on the modern game of rugby and appears with sparring partner George Hook on all of RTE's post rugby match panels.
Brent has lived in Ireland since 1991.
He says he came for a weekend and decided to stay.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from New Zealand and then went on to qualify as a registered commercial property valuer. He also has a post-graduate diploma in management, marketing, public relations, sports massage, and gym instruction. Next target is counseling or life coaching.
Whilst here, Bent played for St Mary's Rugby club from 1991-1994. He went from player to coach.
Brent has written five children's books. They feature characters that are loosely based on well known rugby players. However, kind hearted Brent has donated the profits from his writings to the Children's Hospice Home Care.
Commenting on and playing rugby is not the only string Brent has to his bow; he used to be a sheep eyebrow cutter!
He worked in an abattoir and his job was to cut the eyebrows off the dead sheep when they came up the line.
He was a high country fencer, fencing in sheep farms.
He graduated from college with a commerce degree and set up his own valuation business.
He has lived in London, LA, Sydney and now, luckily for us, he's settled in Ireland
Ireland to face England in the RBS Six Nations at Croke Park on Saturday, 28 February at 5.30pm.
Six Nations - Sat 21 Mar at 12.45 p.m. on RTÉ Two
The final weekend of the Six Nations has arrived and Tom McGurk anchors all the action from the day's three games. George Hook, Brent Pope and Conor O'Shea provide all the pre- and post-match analysis and discussion.
Starting with live coverage of Italy v France (KO 1.15 p.m.) with Hugh Cahill and Tony Clement commentating, followed by England v Scotland live from Twickenham at 3.30 p.m. with George Hamilton and Ralph Keyes commentating.
The final big game will be live from the Millennium Stadium where 2008 Grand Slam winners Wales face Ireland. KO 5.30 p.m., Ryle Nugent and Tony Ward commentate