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Brent Pope - Six Nations Preview

Friday, 12 March 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.

We will be discussing Ireland's chances against Wales, which takes place on Saturday in Croke Park at 2:30pm!

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

Results so far

Sat 6th Feb 10 14:30 Ireland 29 - 11 Italy Croke Park


Sat 6th Feb 10 17:00 England 30 - 17 Wales Twickenham


Sun 7th Feb 10 15:00 Scotland 9 - 18 France Murrayfield


Sat 13th Feb 10 14:00 Wales 31 - 24 Scotland Millennium Stadium


Sat 13th Feb 10 16:30 France 33 - 10 Ireland Stade de France

Sun 14th Feb 10 14:30 Italy 12 - 17 England Stadio Flaminio


Fri 26th Feb 10 20:00 Wales 20 - 26 France Millennium Stadium


Sat 27th Feb 10 13:30 Italy 16 - 12 Scotland Stadio Flaminio


Sat 27th Feb 10 16:00 England 16 - 20 Ireland Twickenham

Team P W D L F A P T S
1 France
3 3 0 0 7 7 3 9 6
2 England 3 2 0 1 6 3 4 9 4
3 Ireland 3 2 0 1 5 9 6 0 4
4 Wales 3 1 0 2 6 8 8 0 2
5 Italy 3 1 0 2 3 9 5 8 2
6 Scotland 3 0 0 3 4 5 6 5 0

Questions for Brent:

What were your thoughts on the last day in Twickenham?

Brilliant, the manner in which Ireland dug in for the last ten minutes with O'Driscoll off, the last minute try and then holding on, real team spirit and a will to win.


How does it leave you feeling about Wales in Croke Park this weekend?

Confident, Wales are missing a good few players with injury, especially in the forwards, but they are one team Ireland has not beaten in Croke Park.


Wales have had a lot of injuries, are we playing them at a good time?

Yes, although they are desperate to start a gamed well and win, they will be fighting tooth and nail, more so with Gatland on board.


How should we play against Wales?

Who are the players to really watch out for on the Wales team? (2 maybe 3) Jamie Roberts the centre is world class, as proved on the Lions tour as is no 7 Martyn Williams, the best No 7 in Europe. Also the new kid Delve at No 8, I am impressed with him, he is unheard of but a good ball carrier.


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


Murphy must back up his great performance from last week and the scrum needs to be solid again



You're 3-0 in our predictions stake! This week's prediction?


Ireland by 10-12 points I am going for 22-12 Ireland



Your fantasy league team continues to climb, you're now our highest rated contributor! Can you push for the crown?


I don't think so, I mucked up at the start when many of my key players were injured, but I am still in there


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