Brent Pope: If You Really Knew Me
Kiwi rugby player, Brent Pope, won top honours as a player in New Zealand and was tipped as a future All Black great. But devastating injuries robbed him of his opportunity to wear the silver fern and be part of the greatest All Black rugby team of all time. Haunted by the disappointment and intent on building a new life, Pope landed first in England and then Ireland where he played and coached numerous teams to impressive successes. Along the way he became one of the most recognisable faces in Ireland as one of the country’s foremost rugby analysts. But along with the triumphs there was despair. If You Really Knew Me recounts his lifelong battle to overcome the condition known as dysthymia and the impact it’s had on his rugby career and personal life. From the highs of being tipped for potential All Black greatness to the lows of injury and his decision to walk away from his Otago teammates during a “year of hell”, Popey explains the reasons why he left New Zealand behind and built a new life in Ireland.