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Scrum V people - Phil Steele

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Phil is a commentator on Scrum V highlights and a pitch-side reporter for Scrum V Live. He also does a weekly feature for Scrum V on the Radio as well as reporting for BBC Sport Wales.

How did you get into this job?

I played as a full-back (non-tackling!) for Glamorgan Wanderers, UWIC and Newport in the 1980s, before finishing my career as a player-coach for Taffs Well RFC in the early '90s.


I won honours for Wales Students and was also a member of the Wales B squad.

In 1995, at the invitation of the then head of BBC Sport Wales, Gareth Davies, the former Cardiff and Wales fly-half, I began reporting on rugby matches for the Sportstime program on Radio Wales.

Things snowballed from there and over the years I have presented many different programs on Radio Wales, including Phil Steele's Big Easy, Extra Time, Read It Write It, Speak Easy, Three Feathers At Forty and Steele Away.

I also work as an occasional reporter on rugby for RTE, the national television station of the Republic of Ireland.

Your best and worst moments?

My best moment was sharing a commentary area and interviewing my hero and the doyen of commentators - Bill McLaren.

It was at Sardis Road for a match between Pontypridd and Glasgow in the old Welsh-Scottish League - the first and only time Bill has broadcast from the ground.

He was just as I had imagined him to be - a consummate professional and a perfect gentlemen.

I still have a copy of the interview which one day I hope I can play to my great-grandchildren.

The worst was having to interview Cynthia Payne, aka 'Madame Cyn', the famous former brothel keeper.

It was for Radio Wales' Sportstime programme at the annual Man versus Horse race at Llanwrtyd Wells.

Although she was charming, Cynthia quite clearly had no knowledge or interest in sport.

In answer to my question, "Did you enjoy sport when you were younger?", she replied, "No, my sport was indoor games, if you know what I mean!".

I think you could even hear me blushing.

What are your top tips for doing your job?

As a player I always enjoyed the banter and humorous side of the game and I try to reflect that in my commentaries and reports if possible.

If you get the chance to do some broadcasting, gain as much experience in as many different situations as you can and never turn any opportunity down.

Over the years I have reported on many different events, from international rugby and football to the World Mountain Bike Championships, the Bog Snorkelling World Championships and even Frisbee golf!

No broadcasting experience is ever wasted.

What do you do outside of broadcasting?

I do a lot of after-dinner speaking around the UK.

see also
BBC Sport Wales coverage
23 Mar 08 |  Wales
Coming up next on Scrum V...
04 Sep 08 |  Welsh
Scrum V people
14 Aug 07 |  Welsh

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