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Brent Pope - Six Nations Preview

Friday, 26 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 children's 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

Questions for Brent:

What were your thoughts on the last day in Paris?
Disappointment not so much in the fact we lost but how we lost i.e beaten up physically, we were all brought back to reality quite quickly.

How does it leave you feeling about Twickenham this weekend?
Nervous, it is vital we bounce back, and England while playing badly against Italy have a settled team and a big pack. Johnny Wilkinson can punish us and we have a number of players who have not played for a while.

England really didn't play well against Italy, do you think this is a once-off or a team low on confidence?

A bit of both the team seem to be shackled by their Coach, too nervous to express themselves. But they are a talented lot if they can get confidence.

What do you think of Kidney's team selection?
Unusual in parts, agree with Sexton, find it hard on Cullen, glad Murphy and Earls are included, surprised Wallace is off the bench, that means O'Gara effectively covers a lot of the backs, could be dangerous.

You beat the girls prediction quite convincingly last week! This week's prediction?

Ireland have to win, but it will be close Ireland 19 England 15

Finally you rocketed up almost 200 places to 119th in our fantasy league, can you keep pushing for the crown?!

Will be difficult but I am getting the hang of it now, made some good changes last week.