Cliff Morgan's international career began in the early 1950s. He went on to captain Wales before beginning a second career as a celebrated broadcaster and commentator.
Richard Morgan looks back at the life and times of one of Wales' greatest sporting stars
On our Facebook page, we've received some warm tributes to Cliff Morgan, who has died at the age of 83.
- Clive Bennett - "Apart from being an outstanding rugby player he'll be remembered for commentating on THAT TRY between Babas & New Zealand."
- Richard Wayne Morgan - "God bless Cliff. You were a rugby legend in all ways. You will always be remembered."
- Gavin Pearce - "RIP to a gentleman and legend."
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Former BBC and ITV sports presenter Des Lynam has issued a glowing tribute to rugby legend Cliff Morgan, who has died at the age of 83.
Cliff was one of the most charismatic men I ever met. I knew him as a brilliant rugby player for Wales and the British Lions only through those grainy black and white images from the Fifties but later he was my boss at BBC Radio, became my mentor and we formed a friendship that lasted for forty years.
A brilliant broadcaster himself, his advice to those of us trying to make our way in the business was wise and invaluable. But underlying it all was his great sense of fun. “Enjoy yourself”, he would say, “it’s not working down the mine, is it?” Many of his family had done precisely that.
– Des Lynam
His generosity of spirit was legendary. He would travel the length and breath of the country at his own expense for charitable causes until in recent years he suffered the tragic indignity of losing his voice to cancer and that wonderful, mellifluous instrument would be heard in public no more.
Cliff himself once wrote of the untimely passing of another old friend and colleague. “I won’t believe it if I don’t want to.” That’s exactly how I feel right now.
Cliff Morgan was a Welsh rugby great. A talented broadcaster, he’ll be remembered as the voice behind ‘that’ 1973 try. A true Welsh legend.
Treorchy Male Choir describes Cliff Morgan as "a legendary figure, the like of which we will never see again".
Morgan had a close association with the choir throughout his life , with the choir even performing on the 1988 edition of 'This is Your Life' dedicated to him.
"I would give up the caps for playing for Wales if only I had had the ability to be the conductor of the Treorci!” he wrote in an article for the choir's magazine.
"The Treorchy Male Choir would like to send its deepest condolences to his family at this sad time" said choir chairman David Bebb.
“May they find some comfort in the knowledge that he was loved and respected by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
From an edition of HTV's 'Highway' in 1991 - Cliff Morgan talks to Sir Harry Secombe about growing up in Trebanog, his love for the "warmth and friendliness" of the Rhondda, and the similarities between a choir and a rugby team.
Very sad news about Cliff Morgan. A true gent and a Rhondda Valley hero. #RIP
So sad to hear that Cliff Morgan has passed away. Great man. RIP
Sad to hear that Cliff Morgan has died. A trailblazer for top sportsmen going into broadcasting. Eloquent, passionate, witty, Charming #RIP
We are all very sad to hear about the passing of Cliff Morgan, such a great man and dear friend of ours.
Cliff Morgan absolute legend and a true gent. He'll be sadly missed.
Cliff Morgan commentated on Gareth Edwards' legendary try during the Barbarians v New Zealand match in January 1973.