Former Wales rugby captain and legendary broadcaster Eddie Butler dies aged 65

By Rek Hanibal Published on September 16, 2022
Former Wales rugby captain and legendary broadcaster Eddie Butler dies aged 65

After rising to prominence with club side Pontypool, Butler played 16 times for Wales between 1980 and 1984, captaining the side on six occasions and scoring two tries.

The number eight was called to the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand in 1983.

After retirement, he became a respected rugby broadcaster.

Butler died in his sleep on a charity trek in Peru.

He was a pivotal part of the Pontypool side created by Ray Prosser and dominated Welsh club rugby in the late 1970s and early 1980s, captaining the side between 1982 and 1985.

Butler had also played for Cambridge University from 1976-1978 while studying French and Spanish at Fitzwilliam College.

Butler's first cap came in Wales' 18-9 Five Nations win against France in January 1980.

He retired from international rugby in 1985, aged 27 and has worked as a teacher in Cheltenham for three years; Butler then joined Radio Wales as a press and publicity officer in 1984.

While still playing for his beloved Pontypool, Butler went on to work for a property development company.

Rek Hanibal

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