Stars pay tribute to Cliff Morgan, whose 'famous voice lives on forever'
FORMER Wales rugby international and broadcaster Cliff Morgan has died, following a long illness.
Morgan was a talented fly half, before forging a name for himself as a commentator.
He played for Cardiff RFC and earned 29 caps for Wales between 1951 and 1958.
He also captained the British Lions on their tour to South Africa in 1955, which was drawn 2-2.
He was also a member of the last Welsh team to beat the All Blacks.
A natural communicator, he went on to become a respected broadcaster, commentator and writer.
In 1974 he became head of BBC Radio outside broadcasts, and from 1976 to 1987 he was head of sport and outside broadcasts for BBC Television, supervising coverage of events including football World Cups, Commonwealth and Olympic Games, royal weddings and other national ceremonial occasions
He will forever be associated with his commentary on the Barbarians v All Blacks match in 1973, which produced one of the best known tries ever witnessed in rugby.
His words became almost as well known as the action. "Brilliant by Quinnell. This is Gareth Edwards; a dramatic start. What a score!
"Oh that fellow Edwards!"
First Minister Carwyn Jones was amongst those to pay tribute.
He said: "Cliff Morgan made a huge contribution to both Welsh and Lions rugby.
"As a BBC broadcaster, it will be his voice that will be forever remembered when we think of that magnificent Barbarians try against the All Blacks in 1973. Cliff was a true Welsh legend, who will be greatly missed."WRU chief executive Roger Lewis said: "Cliff Morgan epitomised the values of Welsh rugby and throughout his life remained a great ambassador for our sport and for Wales.
"He possessed remarkable ability as an outside half whose flair was rightly recognised with the top honours rugby has to offer with Wales and the British and Irish Lions.
"His face was known to millions because of his successful career and perhaps that famous voice of his will live on forever particularly when we recall his magnificent commentary of the Gareth Edwards try against New Zealand for the Barbarians in 1973."
Tributes were also paid via Twitter.
Welsh international James Hook said: "Really sad news about Cliff Morgan".
Former England footballer and sports presenter Gary Lineker added: "Sad to hear that Cliff Morgan has died. A trailblazer for top sportsmen going into broadcasting. Eloquent, passionate, witty, charming".