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Clifford Isaac Morgan, known as Cliff Morgan, was born on April 7, 1930, in Trebanog, Rhondda, Wales. He came from a mining family and attended Tonyrefail Grammar School before going on to Cardiff University. Morgan made his mark in the rugby world playing as a fly-half. His natural balance, strength, line-kicking ability, and acceleration made him a standout player. After his rugby career, Morgan transitioned into a successful broadcasting career, becoming a beloved commentator, presenter, and BBC executive. He passed away on August 29, 2013, at the age of 83.

Teams Played For and Years

  • Cardiff RFC (1949–1958)
  • Bective Rangers (1955–1956)
  • Barbarians (1950–1958)

International Caps

  • Wales: 29 caps (1951–1958)
  • British Lions: 4 caps (1955)

Key Moments in His Rugby Career

  1. First Cap for Wales (1951): Morgan debuted against Ireland, playing opposite his hero Jack Kyle.
  2. 1952 Grand Slam: Part of the Welsh team that won the Grand Slam.
  3. Historic Victories (1953): Led both Cardiff and Wales to victories over the touring All Blacks.
  4. 1955 British Lions Tour: Distinguished himself on the Lions tour to South Africa, where his try at Ellis Park contributed to a memorable 23–22 victory.
  5. Wales Captaincy (1956): Became captain of Wales following the successful Lions tour.
  6. Last Game (1958): Played his final first-class game for the Barbarians against East Africa.

Broadcasting Career Highlights

  • BBC Wales: Joined as Sports Organiser in 1960.
  • ITV’s This Week: Spent two years as editor in the mid-1960s.
  • BBC Sport Programmes: Produced and edited Grandstand and Sportsnight With Coleman.
  • A Question of Sport: Original team captain from 1970.
  • Head of BBC Radio Sport and Outside Broadcasts: 1974.
  • Head of BBC Television Sport and Outside Broadcasts: 1976–1987.
  • Radio Presenter: Presented BBC Radio 2’s These You Have Loved and other programmes.

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