Bruce Pope

About Bruce Pope (0)

There are few better places than Wales to live and work if you love your sport - even if you happen to be an Englishman - so it's been a happy six years since they let me in the front door here in Cardiff.

I'm Devon-born and Dorset-raised but it wasn't till I ended up in Swansea at the end of my studies that I had a top-flight rugby team to support, just as the All Whites were hitting their stride in the 90s.

Regional rugby and the amalgamation with Neath means the Ospreys have inherited my loyalty.

I got my first taste of journalism during an exchange year in the USA, as a tennis reporter for the University of New Mexico's student paper. After graduating and a year back-packing in Africa I started freelancing in London, working as a sports sub-editor for the likes of the Independent and the Telegraph online.

It's always a hard task to put aside being an over-excited fan (and put down the beer glass) during big tournaments and take on the role of impartial BBC journalist, plus a Welsh girlfriend and an Irish mother mean I've got my feet in a few camps.

Bruce Pope is a BBC Sport journalist based in Wales.

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