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Nice try ... Brent 'duped' into spoof rugby video

Rugby pundit Brent Pope has described how he was duped into a cameo role in a new internet hit video.

The Republic of Telly's spoof video, called Rugby, has already attracted 350,000 hits on YouTube.

Now it looks set to replicate the success of the Rubberbandits' Horse Outside hit after its creators, Dead Cat Bounce, were approached by Republic of Telly producers about making a video to go with their hilarious song.

And RTE broadcaster Brent has revealed how he was "kind of duped" into taking part in the video, which implies a strong link between rugby and "man love".

"I didn't have a clue what it was about," he explained. "One of the runners in RTE has been very good to me over the years. He said to me 'we're looking for a few faces for a video we're making'.

"I went down to St Mary's to film it and the guys were doing some scrums and line-outs but I noticed some of them didn't look like your average rugby players.

"I said 'what's this song about?' and the runner was kind of playing it all down. He was going 'I'm not too sure, it's like a comedy song' so I agreed to do a bit of refereeing and some commentary.

"I had to rush off on another job so I wasn't there for any of the other stuff. It was only when mate sent me a link to it last week that I realised what it was about. But if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? It was all just a bit of a laugh."

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'crouch, touch, engage', the film starts off appearing to depict a regular rugby match.

It shows guys soaping each other in the shower before running out on the pitch wearing only their shorts as the lead singer pats their behinds. Two guys in the crowd are then filmed kissing as they get carried away by the action.

The video features all Dead Cat Bounce's members -- Mick Cullinan, Damien Fox, Shane O'Brien and James Walmsley on lead vocals.

mfinn@herald.ie