Brent Pope joins Radio Nova for Rugby World Cup show

Rugby commentator Brent Pope has joined Radio NOVA as part of a new, enhanced weekend line up for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup.

The popular rugby pundit will bring a mix of banter, analysis, craic and music to NOVA each Saturday afternoon for the duration of the Tournament.

The station, which previously ran an evening-time talk show called “World Cup Extra” featuring Con Murphy and Roddy Collins for the duration of last year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, announced the move this evening in what is the 2nd of their “Big 5” announcements for September, the third of which they promise to make on-air at mid-day on Sunday coming, September 13th.

Pope, who hails from New Zealand, is well-known for his rugby analysis on RTÉ television over 15 years. He famously came to Ireland ‘for three months’ 25 years ago and is one of Ireland’s best-known TV rugby pundits.

He will co-present ‘Riffs & Refs’, a new Saturday afternoon sports show on the station. The programme was formerly called ‘Rock and Roll Football’. He will be joined by and former Red FM journalist, Joe Harrington and NOVA presenter Johnny Bowe.

The new show will air start on Saturday 19th September.

NOVA’s CEO & Programme Director, Kevin Branigan, said: “Everyone knows Brent Pope – and we’re really pleased to welcome him to NOVA. Our mix of music and sport on Saturday afternoons has proven very popular with radio listeners and to be bringing such a well-known talent as Brent Pope to our developing lineup is superb”.

Brent Pope said: “I listen to NOVA and love it as a radio station. It will be great to be able to mix my two great loves, rugby and rock music on one radio station. Join us for all the latest banter on the World Cup as well as some stonking great tunes every Saturday from 1pm”.

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