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 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 24 10 1 13 488 454 56
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 24 6 1 17 450 620 35
Cross Keys 22 5 1 16 452 681 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 23 1 0 22 335 905 3