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Scrum V people - Rick O'Shea

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My job

Rick O'Shea

My function is to bring the interactive capacity of Scrum V to life, acting as a live link between the website and the show itself.

I aim to provide a format for the fans to get their message across to the panel by acting as their representative.

As I am a fan myself, it is my aim to reflect the feeling from the public and get some reaction from the panel, who may - under other circumstances - choose to side-step the difficult issues!

How did I get into it?


Good question - and a long story!

I qualified with a degree in Sport and Human Movement from South Glamorgan Institute (now UWIC).

I then moved back to Cornwall where I worked as medical representative, and played for Penzance and Newlyn.

When it finally became impossible to drag my ever-expanding frame around the field on Saturday afternoons, I began working for BBC Radio Cornwall as a reporter and occasional commentator.

I returned to Cardiff in 1999 to buy the Cameo Club with two friends of mine from college, Rhodri Williams and Huw Davies.

The club brought me into contact with many people working in the media.

Rhodri Jones, producer of BBC Wales Sportstime, was in need of freelancers to cover games during the heavy schedule of Celtic League, and so I started with BBC Wales in the autumn of 2001.

Since then I have covered mainly rugby, but also some boxing and, more recently, cricket.

Best and worst moments

As you can see, I am a fledging reporter, and have not as yet covered many major events.

The many hours spent at Virginia Park will always have a special place in my heart!

I have I had the pleasure of being part of the BBC Sport Wales cricket coverage, and truly enjoyed working with Edward Bevan and Don Shepherd and the "Glammy" boys - "Sid" James, "Watty", "AP", Darren, Hempy - all were great fun and also very knowledgeable.

Covering England v South Africa at the Oval and working with Gus Fraser and Mike Gatting was a real thrill.

Worst moment is easy! I was conducting ringside interviews at the WABA Championships at the Afan Lido.

Byron Hayward, the Welsh international rugby player, fought for the heavyweight title but was knocked out in the second round.

Cue O'Shea...

"Well, Byron, not a fairy-tale end to your career, how do you think it went?"

Byron: "Not very well, really!"

What would you still like to do?

I am still on a steep learning curve and never thought that - as someone with the perfect face for radio - I would end up in front of the camera!

I love all sport but particularly rugby and believe that working in the coverage is the next best thing to playing.

As such, any continued involvement would be great.

I do particularly enjoy commentating and hope that I may get to do some more if situations present themselves.

But Charlo is too good and he's only 23, you know!

see also
BBC Sport Wales coverage
07 Aug 07 |  Wales
Coming up next on Scrum V...
14 Aug 07 |  Scrum V Extras
Rick O'Shea's Scrum V Fan Scene
14 Aug 07 |  Scrum V Extras
Scrum V people
14 Aug 07 |  Welsh

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