Eddie Butler

RIP Eddie Butler

The rugby world has been rocked by the news that Eddie Butler, former Wales captain and legendary rugby commentator has died in his sleep while on a charity walk for prostate cancer in Peru.

Former Ospreys Chairman Rob Davies has paid tribute: "A truly sad time.

"Who will ever forget England v Wales in 1980 Steel strike. Ringer sent off, emotions boiling over, but Eddie kept it all going. I remember several ‘away’ trips when he was being mentored by Clem Thomas at The Observer - he was a wonderful contributor. During 2008 World Cup in France I met him in Toulon. He was the first person I ever met doing a blog. A very clever man!

"He went on to an even higher level with his broadcasting and journalism,  and his own unique insight into Welsh history and current life. A truly inspirational Welshman who packed so much into a short life. The thoughts of us all are with his loved ones."

The Ospreys sends their heartfelt condolences to Eddie Butler’s wife, Sue, and to all his family and friends.