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I'm too busy with kids' book for George – Pope

RUGBY analyst Brent Pope may be best known for his on-screen spats with pal George Hook.

But the former rugby star says he is too busy writing his next children's book for any more TV projects with the outspoken rugby commentator.

"No, no, there is nothing planned there," laughed Pope.

"I'm always looking to find new stuff, but I have a kids' book coming out next year, so I'm busy with that," he told the Herald. Pope (52) and Cork native Hook have become firm friends off screen and have undertaken projects together, such as The Hook And Popey Roadshow.

It's not the first time that the New Zealander has been published, but it's all in the name of fun if his latest theme is anything to go by.

"It's called Hiphopopotamus and it's about a shy hippo who tried out for a form of the X Factor," explained the RTE pundit.

"It's good fun and I always do it for charity so, hopefully, I will do it for Theatre House and Make A Wish foundation this time," Pope explained.

But he has ruled out delving into the more serious art of writing any time soon.


"I had six published. I do it for a laugh. I don't know if I'd be able to write proper stuff like Shakespeare or anything."

The rugby season may have died down for the summer on RTE, but Pope jetted to Australia this week where he will join former rugby stars, such as Trevor Brennan and Alan Quinlan, to watch the remainder of the British and Irish Lions tour.

And Pope will take time out for a holiday with pals.

"After the Melbourne game there is about 40 of us flying out to Queensland for three days.

"We're going to have a nice break, going bungee jumping, and then we'll go back for the last game," he explained.