Born in Crickhowell, Dewi Morris played his rugby with the passion associated with his homeland.
Dynamic and aggressive, he often played like an extra back row man - testimony to his hunger to get the ball in his hands. His competitive nature was complemented by a toughness and resilience.
He made his England debut against Australia in 1988, in his first season of senior rugby - he had only recently switched from Winnington Park to Liverpool St Helens. It was his performance for the North against the touring Aussies that thrust him into the limelight, a game which gave many their first taste of his talent. Morris tormented the tourists with his all round skills and desire to run at the opposition.
His debut was just as impressive and he capped a stunning performance with a try; his 'terrier-like' game brought with it real bite behind the scrum. Crowds were thrilled by his "up and at 'em" style.
He went on to win 26 England caps, featuring in 3 Grand Slams and 2 World Cups. He also played all 3 tests on the 93 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
He was asked to tour with the 97 Lions but injury ruled him out, and so started his 22 years as a freelance pundit and commentator.