Phil Steele has revealed that his 14-year stint as a pitch-side reporter for the BBC Wales’ Scrum V program has come to an end, leading to widespread frustration among TV viewers.
BBC Wales will once again broadcast live regional rugby this season after a gap of three years. Signed the agreement 18 United Rugby Championship Games, broadcast in their traditional Friday evening slot.
But when the show returns next week, Steel Scrum V will not be part of the team, their first game will be on Friday, September 24 at Arms Park, Cardiff vs. Connaught.
Former Glamorgan Wanderers and Newport Fullback, a well-known comedian and post-dinner speaker, have been regular fixtures on the show for more than a decade.
He developed the catch phrase “a good orange”, with which he regularly signed his half-time chats with the players as they left the field.
He has also interviewed coaches, former players and fans, highlighting his trademark humor, wit and love of rugby.
When BBC Wales lost the rights to the PRO 14 Premier Sports in 2018, Steel Scrum remained a key member of the V team as they shifted their focus to live coverage of the Welsh Premiership.
This enabled him to show his passion for club rugby, with his “good feud guide” – where he promoted the upcoming local derbies – a regular feature.
But now the former school teacher is long gone with the program.
Announcing the news, Steele said: “Sad to say, 14 years later, my tenure as BBC Scrum V Pitch Side Reporter is finally over.
“It’s an absolute honor to work with such a great team for so long,” he said.
“I’m happy to say that I will continue to cover BBC Sport Wales rugby in other ways.”
This news has not diminished well for the media colleagues and fans.
Former Daily Express rugby journalist Steve Bell tweeted: “Really, sad to see. Someone’s decision has clearly failed.
GTFM Sports Reporter Avon Dyer said: “It’s a shame to hear this. I hope to see you in the press box soon.
“You’ve been great in this role, Phil. Best wishes for moving forward with different things,” said Dalem Perft, a former Wales online journalist.
Ponty Pard RFC tweeted: “Your passion for the best Phil, Welsh club rugby has always been and always will be contagious.
You and your family are always welcome on Sardis Road.
Former Wales and Lions center John Durex said: “I’m sorry to hear that Phil. The world of television is changing, not fans of the new way.
Former Dragon Flinker Jason Forster said: “Friend, you will be missed. Great intelligence, knowledge and laughter towards the pitch. An honorable pundit and a gentleman. Good luck.”
International teammate Le Jarvis added: “You’ll miss the edge of the shore, someone with whom everyone can relate. More characters like you are needed, in my opinion not one-sided. Good luck. . “
Ebron coach Jason Hayat commented: “It’s a real shame Phil. Good luck friend, always enjoyed our conversation.
Caerphilly Chairman Gareth Ashman said: “Encouraged to read this Phil. Loved your pitch-side commentary and insight.
Van Barrington, a longtime Burgundy RFC fan who was interviewed by Steele during a game on one occasion, commented: Am
“Can’t think of anyone who can do a better job.”
Pick your biggest Wales XV now.
Countless other supporters have added their comments, just a few of them:
“Standard Entertainment and Reporter. Equally adept at dealing with sports royalties as well as overweight prop, 40, playing for Pontycymer 3rds. Congratulations Phil.”
“I’ll miss you for doing that. You’re one of the best out there.”
“It’s a real shame. Your passion for lower-level rugby was palpable. Well done.”
“What a bad day !!!”
“I hate change, especially when it doesn’t break, don’t fix it!”
“I’m sorry to hear that. It won’t be the same without you. Thank you for the great work you have done.”
Made it easy to understand complex issues and strongly supported the community game. Funny but serious. Once again the BBC knocked when an attempt was certain.
“It’s a shame Phil, a combination of your knowledge and humor and made to look great combined with your liking.”
Paying tribute, BBC Wales rugby commentator Sean Davis said: “It’s an honor to be your partner for so many years, but more importantly, friendship is built through work.”
And Wales Grand Slam winner Pundit Tom Shanklin said: “It’s great to work with you.”
There was a report on. DaiSport website As Scrum V was set to shake, Gabi Logan lined up to present the program.
Logan, the daughter of former Welsh international footballer and manager Terry Yurath, is a regular rugby presenter for the BBC Network and has worked on a number of other sports.
It also featured Amazon Prime’s rugby coverage of the 2020 Fall Nations Cup.
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