Friday 6 December 2019

Pope to swap pundit seat for psychologist's couch

Laura Butler

RTE rugby pundit Brent Pope is preparing to venture into the world of psychology.

"I'm thinking about going back to college and studying full-time. I'm very interested in the field of psychotherapy and I'm lucky I have my RTE work and bits and pieces which can keep me going," he told the Irish Independent.

"But that's not going to last forever and I need to prepare for myself when it's time to go in a different direction."

The 50-year-old New Zealander was speaking at the launch of the Alan Kerins Projects (AKP) GAA Charity Challenge at Croke Park yesterday, which will see a Kerry side managed by Mick O'Dwyer take on a Glenn Ryan-led Kildare on February 14.

Pope will take part in the match alongside Ray Houghton, Joe Brolly, Tony Ward, Ronnie Whelan and Ciaran Whelan to help raise funds for the AKP schemes in Zambia.

The ex-rugby player has tried his hand at many crafts, from learning the clarinet on RTE's 'Instrumental', to testing his culinary skills on 'The Restaurant'.


He has not ruled out more reality television when he eventually vacates his seat on RTE sport's rugby panel.

But he added: "You've got to tread really carefully around reality programmes because, at the end of the day, I am a rugby pundit. I'll only take those I think I can learn a skill in or if it's for charity."

Irish Independent

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