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Brent Pope - Six Nations Preview

Friday, 12 February 2010

Brent Pope

New Zealand born rugby player, coach and TV commentator Brent Pope played rugby with top New Zealand side Otago University before finally settling in Ireland in 1991 and lining out for three seasons with St Marys RFC. Later Brent coached Clontarf RFC for two seasons, leading them to promotion to Division One of the AIL. Brent has worked as a TV rugby pundit for nine years and can regularly be seen on RTE with George Hook & Tom McGurk. Brent is also a childrens author having published his fourth children's book, Arnold the Anteater last Christmas the proceeds of which went to Children's Hospice Homecare.

RBS 6 Nations Championship 2010 Fixture Schedule

Saturday 6 February
14:30 - Ireland v Italy
17:00 - England v Wales

Sunday 7 February
15:00 - Scotland v France

Saturday 13 February
14:00 - Wales v Scotland
16:30 (17:30 local) - France v Ireland

Sunday 14 February
14.30 (15:30 local) - Italy v England

Friday 26 February
20:00 - Wales v France

Saturday 27 February
13:30 (14:30 local) - Italy v Scotland
16:00 - England v Ireland

Saturday 13 March
14:30 - Ireland v Wales
17:00 - Scotland v England

Sunday 14 March
14:30 (15.30 local) - France v Italy

Saturday 20 March
14:30 - Wales v Italy
17:00 - Ireland v Scotland
19:45 (20:45 local) - France v England

What were your thoughts on the last day?

We played ok, couldn't seem to kill off Italy despite going quite far ahead. Looking towards the World Cup, we need to know how to kill off teams when we have the chance and we just didn't do that on Saturday,

How does it leave you feeling about Paris this weekend?

I'm not as pessimistic as some people, I feel it's about 60:40 in favour of France at the minute but only because they're at home. France have essentially lost 3 players, and we've regained Ferris so we have been quite lucky. It's definitely achievable.

France looked quite solid against Scotland didn't they?

They did but that's to be expected, Scotland really aren't up to a whole lot. Having said that they did perform well and definitely will take some beating this weekend.

What do you think of Kidney's team selection?

No real surprises, O'Gara was always going to keep his place and Ferris is too good a player to leave out if he's fit. It's a really strong team and it'll need to play well.

Who are the players to really watch out for?

Mathieu Bastareaud
Scored two tries against Scotland on the weekend, he has been in quite a bit of trouble lately, will explain on the show!

Imanol Harinordoquy

Man of the match on Saturday, one of the strongest number 8's in the world!

Which Irish player(s) do we need to really perform?

Ronan O'Gara at fly-half will be extremely important, the French are weakest there and Ronan will need to be at his very best.

Finally you're in 297th in our fantasy league, can you turn it around?!
I was unlucky!! I'm going to make a few changes and storm back, guaranteed!