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John O'Shea (rugby player)

John O'Shea
Birth nameJohn Patrick O'Shea
Date of birth(1940-06-02)2 June 1940
Place of birthWeston-Super-Mare, England
SchoolLewis School Pengam
Occupation(s)Bank Manager
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Penzance Newlyn
Cardiff RFC
Newbridge RFC
Cardiff RFC
Barbarian F.C.
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
British Lions

John Patrick O'Shea (born 2 June 1940)[1] is a former Wales international rugby union player.

Educated at Lewis School Pengam, along with John Dawes, he was capped five times for Wales as a prop between 1967 and 1968.[2]

O'Shea was selected for the 1968 British Lions tour to South Africa and played in the first international against South Africa. In the match against Eastern Transvaal at Springs he became the first Lion ever to be sent off for foul play, after throwing a punch.[3]

He played club rugby for Cardiff.

He is currently living in Australia.


  1. ^ Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 12:32. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
  2. ^ Griffiths, page 4:37
  3. ^ Thomas, Clem; Thomas, Greg (2001). The History of The British and Irish Lions. Mainstream Books. p. 145. ISBN 1-84018-498-1.