The former Welsh international turned broadcaster became one of the best known faces and voices of radio and television in the UK.Welsh rugby international and broadcaster Cliff Morgan has died aged 83, the Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed.
The sportsman, who grew up in a mining family in South Wales, played for Cardiff, Wales and the British Lions during an illustrious career.
His broadcasting career included a stint on Question of Sport and commentary duties on countless games, including the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973 when Gareth Edwards scored.
Welsh Rugby Union president Dennis Gethin said: “I have lost a friend and we have all lost one of rugby’s greats who was also a true gentleman.
“His exploits as a player for Cardiff, Wales, the Barbarians and the British and Irish Lions are legendary but he also achieved so much off the field of play.
“As a broadcaster he became one of the best known faces and voices of radio and television in the UK and as a producer and editorial executive he reached the top of his profession. Tributes were paid by fellow sportsmen and broadcasters, including Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker who tweeted: “Sad to hear that Cliff Morgan has died.
“A trailblazer for top sportsmen going into broadcasting. Eloquent, passionate, witty, Charming RIP.”
Commentator Mark Pougatch said: “To work in the same room as Cliff Morgan was to know you were working in the right place alongside the very best.”
Morgan and his wife Pat lived in London while he worked at the BBC but he retired to the Isle of Wight in later life.
Speaking last year about the changes in the game during his lifetime, he said: “Everybody is so much bigger, stronger and fitter now.
“We trained twice a week in the evening, then went off for a pint of beer and a kipper, warmed up over an electric fire.”
Appearing on Desert Island Discs in 1969, Morgan said his upbringing in the coal-mining country of the Rhondda Valley and the “sour hard toil of the pit” was a huge influence on him.
He also revealed that he had been kicked out of university after missing an exam to play for Cardiff. R .I.P