31 Aug 2013

Wales rugby great Cliff Morgan dies

5:51 am on 31 August 2013

The former Wales and Lions first five Cliff Morgan has died at the age of 83.

The diminutive playmaker from a mining family in the Rhondda Valley was capped 29 caps for his country between 1951 and 1958.

He also captained the British Lions on their 1955 South African tour when he scored a try in the first test at Ellis Park before a world record crowd of 100-thousand, helping to secure an 23-22 victory at the start of a series which was drawn 2-all.

Cliff Morgan went to become one of the game's best known broadcasters, and his commentary of the famous Barbarians victory over the All Blacks in 1973 became a classic.

He suffered a life-threatening stroke at the age of 42, and more recently he was afflicted with cancer of the vocal cords and the removal of his larynx, leaving him with limited ability to speak.