On the morning of his first match for Wales at Cardiff Arms Park, Cliff Morgan caught a double-decker bus outside his terrace home in the Rhondda Valley.
‘It was packed,’ he said, chuckling at the notion of any latter-day international footballer enduring such a prosaic mode of public transport. ‘So packed that I stood all the way to Cardiff.’
Des O’Brien, one of the Irish back row planning to ambush his 20-year-old Cardiff team-mate, had sent him a telegram the day before: ‘Congratulations Cliff, bach. Is your life insured?’Cliff Morgan (7 April 1930 – 29 August 2013); a Welsh Born Icon.