Wales rugby international and broadcaster Cliff Morgan died on 29 August at the age of 83. Morgan was one of the most talented fly-halves in the game, before becoming a respected commentator, writer and head of BBC outside broadcasts. He won 29 caps for Wales, his first in 1951, captained the British and Irish Lions and also played for Cardiff.
He moved effortlessly from player to broadcaster, first with the BBC in Wales before making the move to London. If anything, his broadcasting career eclipsed his efforts on the rugby field. As editor of Grandstand and head of outside broadcasts, he helped define the way the corporation covered major sporting events. To the surprise of many of his colleagues, he quit the BBC to edit This Week, the successful current affairs programme on ITV. A stroke in 1972 left Morgan speechless and paralysed down one side, but he completed a remarkable recovery when, having returned to the BBC, he commentated on the legendary 1973 match between the Barbarians and the All Blacks at Cardiff Arms Park. Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said Morgan was "an inspiration" to fellow broadcasters.
"Cliff Morgan was not only a superstar in rugby union, but also a pioneer in sports broadcasting and an inspiration to so many of the great voices of BBC Sport," said Slater.
"He was a scholar and a wordsmith, who had a wonderful understanding of the use of language in broadcasting."