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Morgan dies aged 83
Former Wales and British and Irish Lions fly-half Cliff Morgan has died at the age of 83, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.
Morgan won 29 caps for his country and also captained the Lions. He was also a distinguished BBC broadcaster and commentator.
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. He had also been honoured with an OBE and a CVO.
WRU chairman David Pickering added: "The world of rugby has lost one of its greats in the passing of Cliff Morgan.
"His incredible achievements both on and off the field are testimony to his skill, intelligence and integrity as a human being.
"The Rhondda Valley and Wales can be proud of Cliff, who rose to prominence as a player before going on to achieve so much during his life off the field."
WRU group 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 to Morgan were also expressed on Twitter.
BBC Match of the Day host Gary Lineker wrote: "Sad to hear that Cliff Morgan has died. A trailblazer for top sportsmen going into broadcasting. Eloquent, passionate, witty, Charming #RIP"
And BBC Five Live presenter Mark Pougatch added: "To work in the same room as Cliff Morgan was to know you were working in the right place alongside the very best."