Player

Cliff Morgan - Flyhalf

Cliff Morgan
Height170
Weight83
Date Of Birth07/04/1930
Place Of BirthTrebanog
EducationTonyrefail Grammar School, University College, Cardiff
ClubsCardiff, Bective Rangers
RegionsScarlets
HonoursWales, British and Irish Lions, Wales Schools
InvitationalBarbarians
Cliff Morgan was born in Trebanog, Rhondda in 1930. Born into a mining family, he joined Cardiff straight from school in 1949, playing at fly-half, and also played club rugby in Ireland for Bective Rangers in the 1955/56 season. Whilst at Cardiff he played 202 matches over nine seasons 1949/50 - 1957/58 scoring 38 tries.
In 1951 he won his first cap for Wales against Ireland in 1951, was part of the Grand Slam winning Welsh team of 1952 and was made captain of Wales in 1956. Morgan toured with the British and Irish lions in 1955 to South Africa winning four caps and played his last game of first - class rugby for the Barbarians in May 1958 at the RUEA Ground, Nairobi, versus East Africa.
Following his retirement from the game in 1958 he found a new career in broadcasting. He joined the BBC for whom he worked until 1987 and among many roles he was, for many years, a team captain on the ‘Question of Sport’ quiz programme. A regular commentator and presenter on BBC rugby broadcasts his most famous commentary is of the Barbarians v New Zealand game played at the Arms Park in January 1973. Cliff Morgan was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame and received an OBE and a CVQ for his contribution to broadcasting.
A prolific writer, further information on the life and career of Cliff Morgan can be found in his autobiography “Beyond the Fields of Play’ first published in 1996.
In 1999 Cliff Morgan was inducted into the Cardiff Rugby Hall of fame and more information regarding his playing career can be found in that section of the club website.
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
1949-1950 26 12 8 6 2 0 1 0 9
1950-1951 38 29 3 6 4 0 0 0 12
1951-1952 22 17 0 5 2 0 0 0 6
1952-1953 32 25 2 5 13 0 0 0 39
1953-1954 31 23 1 7 9 0 0 0 27
1954-1955 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 3
1955-1956 8 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 3
1956-1957 18 13 0 5 5 0 0 0 15
1957-1958 24 18 3 3 2 0 0 0 6
TOTAL 202 142 19 41 39 0 1 0 120
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 19 15 0 4 541 318 76
Cardiff 19 14 1 4 591 395 72
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Ebbw Vale 19 14 1 4 411 302 66
Llandovery 19 12 1 6 531 338 61
Newport 19 12 1 6 488 448 59
Aberavon 18 12 1 5 418 362 57
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 19 9 0 10 410 380 47
Swansea 18 9 0 9 419 370 46
Cross Keys 18 5 1 12 397 579 32
Bridgend Ravens 17 5 0 12 326 438 28
Llanelli 19 4 1 14 354 524 25
Bedwas 18 4 1 13 359 545 25
Bargoed 18 3 0 15 344 592 18
Neath 17 1 0 16 282 670 3