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Final whistle for Huw Llywelyn Davies as international rugby commentator

13/03/2014

The final weekend of the 2014 Six Nations Tournament sees rugby commentator Huw Llywelyn Davies, covering his final international match for S4C.

The Wales-Scotland encounter at the Millennium Stadium this Saturday will see him hanging up his international headphones after 32 years of commentating in Welsh for S4C.

Although stepping down from international commentary, he will continue to commentate on the Pro 12 games for the remainder of the season.

Recognised by fans and colleagues alike as a font of all knowledge on the game, Huw has a fact or statistic at hand for every conceivable occasion.

Huw’s first international commentary was in 1979 for BBC Radio Cymru and then on television for S4C in February 1983 during the first 12 months of the channel, in the then Five Nations Championship, and the Wales-England game which ended in a 13-13 draw.

It’s Wales’ 100th match at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday since it opened in 1999.

Huw has commentated on three Grand Slams, five Lions’ tours and five Rugby World Cups, along with famous wins against Australia and the dramatic Championship decider against England last season.

Huw said “I’ve been fortunate to have worked on so many great sporting occasions for S4C and the BBC; there have been ups and downs on the rugby field, but charting them has meant something very special to me and I’m grateful to my colleagues and to the audience for the superb support over the years. I’m looking forward now to doing other work for the BBC at the end of the Six Nations.”

Dafydd Rhys, S4C's Director of Content said, "I would like to thank Huw Llywelyn Davies for his invaluable contribution in enriching S4C viewers’ experience of watching international rugby. With his passionate, polished commentary and his vast knowledge of the game, he has set the highest possible high standards for future commentators to emulate."

Initially a school teacher at Llandovery College, Huw joined HTV in 1974 before moving to the BBC in 1979. He has worked extensively not only as a sports commentator, but also presenter on the Eisteddfod, chat-shows and light entertainment and Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.

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