Brent Pope - Six Nations Preview
Friday, 19 March 2010
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:
17:00 - Ireland v Scotland
19:45 (20:45 local) - France v England
Team P W D L F A PTS
1 France 4 4 0 0 123 59 8
2 Ireland 4 3 0 1 86 72 6
3 England 4 2 1 1 78 64 5
4 Wales 4 1 0 3 80 107 2
5 Italy 4 1 0 3 59 104 2
6 Scotland 4 0 1 3 60 80 1
What were your thoughts on the last day in Croke Park against Wales?
Great victory, it was expected but Ireland were resolute and calm and played some excellent rugby over the 80 minutes.
How does it leave you feeling about Scotland in Croke Park this weekend?
I think it should be a reasonably comfortable victory for Ireland, we've been playing extremely well and Scotland haven't looked fantastic so I expect Ireland to take this with some ease.
Scotland are fighting to avoid the wooden spoon and only a win will do, will this spur them on?
Well they knew the match with Italy was a battle for the wooden spoon also, the loser of that game would more than likely get the wooden spoon and they still lost that, so although they will be fighting for pride, I don't think it will be enough.
How should we play against Scotland? Who are the players to really watch out for on the Scotland team?
We need to watch out for the "Killer Bs" Glasgow trio Kelly Brown, John Barclay and John Beattie, they're all strong and powerful runners.
Which Irish player(s) do we need to really perform?
All the Irish team are playing well, but what I think we need is to keep one eye on the future and talk about Tony Buckley replacing John Hayes and who's going to replace David Wallace? Is it Shane Jennings? We need to start thinking about where the team goes from here.