Rugby greats in shock as they hail ‘legend’ Eddie Butler after his death

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Tributes poured in after the death of Eddie Butler, the iconic broadcaster and former Wales captain.

Butler, 65, was a legend at No 8 Pontypool and won 16 caps for Wales before hitting the media, where his commentary became legendary. He also wrote for the Observer.

He died in his sleep in Peru, where he was on a fundraising hike for the charity Prostate Cymru. The news came as a shock and tributes were paid inside the game and beyond.

Bill Beaumont, England legend and chairman of World Rugby, tweeted: “Eddie Butler was a truly great commentator – the voice of sport recognizable to millions and unrivaled in his storytelling from behind the microphone. Captain of Wales and a superb player, he was also a true gentleman.

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“I am deeply shocked. My thoughts are with his family and his colleagues at the BBC.

Brian Moore, who Butler has shared the comment box with on several occasions, said he was “devastated”.

“Ed, I’m sorry I never told you how much I admire you as a broadcaster and as a man,” he tweeted. “Well, it wasn’t like that between us, was it?” Condolences to Sue and your family. Sport has lost an iconic voice, I have lost a very dear friend.

Sam Warburton, another former Wales captain, joined in the tributes, saying: ‘Thunderstruck by the news. Thoughts with his family. What an incredible contribution to rugby and broadcasting. A privilege to have played and co-commented with him.


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