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Former New Zealand rugby player to give seminar on mental health in Laois

Former New Zealand rugby player and well-known RTE rugby pundit Brent Pope will give a seminar on mental well being as a business owner in Laois next week.

The Laois Chamber will be joined by Brent Pope on Wednesday May 13 at 12pm in collaboration with Local Enterprise Office Laois.

Mr Pope will give a presentation on discussing mental health challenges during these very challenging times amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Pope has spoken widely on his own mental health challenges and addressed the issue in his autobiography If you really knew me. He is also the co-author of Win: Proven Strategies for Success in Sport, Life and Mental Health.

After a rugby career that saw him play for the All Blacks from 1987 to 1991, Pope came to Ireland in 1991 where he played for and later coached St Marys, Clontarf and Leinster A.

Pope successfully coached both St Marys and Clontarf to three separate National Division All Ireland League titles and was the first Leinster-based coach to win the AIL title with St Mary’s in 1999/2000.

He also coached at senior provincial level with Leinster B in 2000, and established the Irish Shamrocks, a touring Irish team to New Zealand for promising Irish club players.

However, he is probably best known for featuring regularly as a rugby pundit on RTE, with presenter Tom McGurk and George Hook, in the coverage of Six Nations, International and Heineken Cup matches in the 2000s.

The seminar will be held via Zoom at 12pm on May 13 and you can attend for free by clicking here. 

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