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Former commentator Cliff Morgan dies aged 83

Updated: Friday, 30 Aug 2013 12:09 | Comments

Cliff Morgan played for Wales and the British and Irish Lions
Cliff Morgan played for Wales and the British and Irish Lions

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Former Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half Cliff Morgan has died at the age of 83, the Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed.

Morgan commentated for the BBC on the famous Barbarians v New Zealand match at Cardiff Arms Park 40 years ago, when scrum-half Gareth Edwards scored arguably the most famous try in rugby history.

He was also head of BBC outside broadcasts and a regular voice on BBC radio.

Paying tribute, WRU 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.

"Despite all that success he remained a true gentleman throughout his life and always remained a true son of the Rhondda.

"He was rightly honoured during his life and he will definitely be remembered for all his contributions in so many fields of excellence."

Morgan suffered a life-threatening stroke at the age of 42, while more recently he had suffered from cancer of the vocal cords.

He was inducted into the International Rugby Board's Hall of Fame four years ago.

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