Ed Butler

Ed Butler was born in Newport, South Wales. He was educated at Monmouth School before studying Languages (French and Spanish) at Cambridge University.

Ed’s rugby playing career:
Industrial Engineers of Madrid 1975-76
3 x Cambridge blues
76-78, Pontypool RFC
1976-1990, Wales (16 caps, 6 as captain)
1980-84, British and Irish Lions 1983

His career after playing rugby still centred around it. He was a BBC Wales rugby correspondent for several years and on the Sunday Correspondent until it ceased to exist. He was the rugby correspondent at the Observer which also involved work at the BBC and other broadcasting companies. Since 1998 he has been Commentator/reporter/presenter on Scrum 5; Olympic Games (covering, of all things, sailing, shooting and archery Review of the Games He has presented four History/Commemorative programmes (eg Industrial Wales, Towns of Wales, anniversaries of WW1 and D-Day). He has also scripted 30+ documentaries.

Ed is the author of five books:
Non-fiction: The Tangled Mane; The Greatest Welsh.
Fiction: The Head of Gonzo Davies; Gonzo Davies; Caught in Possession; The Asparagus Thieves.

Awards:
Wales Sports Journalist of the Year 2007; Bafta Cymru 2011 (writer) for The Lions of 1971; Royal Television Society winner three times (special features)

Ed lives ankle-deep in the deepest red clay of north Monmouthshire, on the edge of the Black Mountains – in the middle of nowhere but not far from everywhere.