Tuesday 20 March 2018

Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse: 'I was afraid I'd never make in London'

Sky's Rachel Wyse
Sky's Rachel Wyse
Single: Rachel Wyse was in Dublin last week to launch the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.
Rachel Wyse during the Discover Ireland Horse Show at the RDS, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Rachel Wyse may be one of Sky Sports News's biggest stars, but the 31-year-old feared she'd be sent packing from the station within a year.

"I'm there six years now, which is crazy. I thought, 'I'll do a year, see how I get on and then probably be back in Dublin with my bags packed and I'll have lost my job.'

"But, yeah I'm still there, six years later," she said.

However the Kildare native , who was hoping to celebrate St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham, said she'll never lose her Irishness. A former professional show-jumper, she said she's always loudly cheering on Ireland in the newsroom.

Sky's Rachel Wyse
Sky's Rachel Wyse

"If I go home for a few days and come back, they're like: 'God you sound very Irish again', and I'm like: 'Funny that, seeing as how I'm Irish.'

"I'll come back into the office and I'll be like 'Thanks a mill' and have the Irish expressions that I mightn't have said for a while," she said. Although she's been there several years, she has "no plans" to put down roots and buy a property. She has recently moved into a new house in Battersea with her best pal.

The former model is also preparing to anchor Sky News' GAA coverage, starting in June.

Wyse also revealed that they may renew their three-year deal after it hit the right notes with sports fans.

"This is the third year of our three-year deal, so hopefully Sky will go for it again and we'll go onwards and upwards," she said.

"The first year, people were like, 'This is the craziest sport', particularly the hurling. They were like 'Are there any rules in this sport, we cannot understand it.'

"And then soccer player Joey Barton tweeted that the hurlers were absolutely mental, but had hands of steel.

"So it was great that sports guys over in the UK were tweeting about it and watching it which then attracted other people to tune in and see what it was all about."

But despite having no shortage of male fans, she remains single and she concentrates on her London career.

"There's absolutely nothing of any significance, nothing exciting I'm sorry to say," she said.

She'll be back in Ireland for Easter Monday's races at Fairyhouse for the Carton House Most Stylish Lady competition on March 28. Entrants are encourage to dress up as their favourite icons from the past 100 years.


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