For many rugby fans, Eddie Butler’s voice goes hand in hand with the sport we love. A constant presence in rugby’s greatest movements, and someone who would make those moments even greater.
Aside from his exceptional commentary with Brian Moore, and insightful pre/post match interviews, Mr Butler was one of the greatest wordsmiths around. His scriptwriting was second to none, and as result he was regularly hired to voice stirring montages before a game kicked off.
Below is some of Butler’s best monologues, and although we may not all be proud Welshmen, it is impossible to not be in awe of his words and performance.
Wales has lost one of its favourite sons.
RIP Eddie Butler 🏴 pic.twitter.com/1hTafLAe9E
— Mark Jones (@markjonescp) September 15, 2022
To me the voice of rugby has sadly passed away.
His eloquent way with words gave a poet like quality which added so much to the game.
— Carwyn J. Thomas (@CarwynJThomas) September 15, 2022
His skill as a broadcaster lead to regular appearances outside of rugby, including this rousing speech for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
RIP Eddie Butler. A master at what he did. pic.twitter.com/UF1LUu1hP4
— James Withers (@JamesRWithers) September 15, 2022
The sporting community has truly lost of its best voices.
It’s hard to find the right words to sum up Eddie Butler, but then again nobody can say the perfect words, at the perfect time, in the perfect way….nobody expect Eddie himself.