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The Welsh rugby legend Edie Butler has died at the age of 65.

Butler we a prolific player and captained the Welsh team. He was also an excellent journalist and broadcaster and was the voice of BBC sport on international days.

Butler played his rugby at Pontypool, home of the infamous front row made famous in the song by Max Boyce. 

Pic. Keith O’Brien aka https://www.flickr.com/photos/gefailgof/ cilmeri, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Butler played 16 times for Wales between 1980 and 1984, captaining the side on six occasions and scoring two tries.

He also played for the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand in 1983.

It has been reported that Mr Butler died in his sleep on a trek in Peru. 

There was far more to Eddie Butler than Rugby. He was a scholar. Educated at Monmouth School he went on to study French and Spanish at Cambridge University, playing rugby for the University as one would expect.

Mr Butler was a first class journalist and broadcaster having worked with the Sunday Correspondent The Observer and The Guardian before making that notable appearance on our screens on international days alongside the greats like Bill McLaren. In latter years Butler narrated some wonderful pieces for major sporting and political events, his last being a tribute following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

His charming voice was used for numerous programmers on history and wildlife. He was a well published author and a supporter of independence for Wales. 

Edward Thomas Butler – 8 May 1957 – 15 September 2022

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