Cliff Morgan and 'greatest try ever scored' - video
Wales and Lions rugby legend turned broadcaster dies at the age of 83
CLIFF MORGAN, the former Welsh rugby fly-half and BBC broadcaster, has died at the age of 83 after a long illness.
Born and raised in the Rhondda Valley, Morgan had an outstanding career as a player with Cardiff, earning 29 caps for Wales and captaining his country as well as the British and Irish Lions on the 1955 tour of South Africa. But he will be best remembered for his commentary on the 1973 Barbarians v New Zealand match at Cardiff.
The game featured what is known by rugby fans as "the greatest try ever scored" as the Barbarians ran the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, scrum-half Gareth Edwards finishing the move with a flying touchdown in the corner.
After getting his breath back, Morgan announced: "If the greatest writer of the written word would have written that story, no one would have believed it. That really was something."
Morgan's commentary came a year after he had suffered a life-threatening stroke and he was only given the microphone two hours before kick-off when colleague Bill McLaren went down with flu.
His voice was synonymous with Radio 4's Saturday morning programme Sport on Four, which ran until 1998, and he was one of the original team captains on A Question of Sport. ·