Get to know Rick O’Shea
Its all Rugby Mate!
It has been said that Rick has the perfect face for radio and yet despite this obvious handicap, over the last decade Rick has established himself as integral part of BBC Wales’ Rugby Flagship Scrum V & also hosts the weekly rugby show on BBC Radio Wales.
His versatility as a freelance journalist sees him feature with the likes of SKY Sports, Sunset & Vine, RTE, TalkSport!
Rick comes from good Welsh stock. His father John played for Cardiff, Wales, and remains the ﬁrst and only British Lion to be sent off! Rick grew up in Cornwall which like Wales boasts a proud tradition of Rugby and Rick learned the game with the “Pirates” of Penzance & Newlyn.!
Rick returned to Wales to continue his education at what was South Glamorgan Institute or Cardiff Metropolitan in new money. He arrived as a scrum half but left as prop, one of his many stories worth hearing!
Whilst at Cyncoed he earned Welsh Student caps in both Union & League, before returning to Cornwall to play for the Pirates.
His shoulder however was dodgier than his scrummaging and when injury forced him to pack up playing Rick offered his services to Radio Cornwall as a freelance rugby correspondent laying the foundations for the parallel career as a broadcaster.
Never one for convention, in 2008 he began a Post Graduate Medicine Degree at Swansea University. He qualified in 2012 and is now on The GP Training Scheme in The Glamorgan Valleys.