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Pontypool RFC mourns the loss of Eddie Butler

Thursday 15th September 2022

Pontypool RFC is devastated to learn of the passing of Eddie Butler.

Eddie was a key component of the Ray Prosser era in which the club dominated Welsh club rugby throughout the 1970s and early 1980s. Eddie went on to captain the club between 1982 and 1985 and established himself as a legendary figure within Pontypool – both on and off the field.

Eddie also enjoyed a highly decorated international career, having represented Wales sixteen times between 1980 and 1984, six of which were as captain. He also featured in the 1983 British and Irish Lions tour in New Zealand in 1983.

Following a stellar rugby career, Eddie forged an equally successful path into broadcasting. As the BBC rugby lead commentator, Eddie epitomised the passion of the Welsh rugby public and became renowned as one of the most recognisable broadcasters in world sport. In addition to his legendary rugby commentary, Eddie also featured as a commentator for the Olympics and Invictus Games.

Whilst Eddie’s illustrious career speaks for itself, more importantly – Eddie was a truly wonderful person.

Eddie was gifted, but he was also a kind, generous and incredibly selfless person. Despite his demanding schedule, Eddie always made time for Pontypool RFC and he will be forever remembered for supporting the club during its darkest hour in 2012, when the club’s very existence was under threat. Eddie’s passion for the club was a key component in ensuring Pontypool RFC’s survival and he remained an ardent supporter of the club until the very end.

We offer our sincerest condolences to Eddie’s wife, Susan, his children and friends. Eddie’s legacy will live on at Pontypool RFC and the club will pay its respects at Pontypool Park when the club hosts Neath RFC later this month.

Thank you, Eddie. You will be dearly missed by us all.


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