'Phil is a big part of the make-up of Welsh rugby. His familiar face and voice on television and radio is a staple diet of rugby reporting today. Phil is extremely popular with all the players - and a very funny man!'
Sam Warburton, Wales and British & Irish Lions captain
'In the early 1980s when Welsh rugby was not exactly overflowing with gifted players, I went to cover a match at Rodney Parade where one player that caught my eye was an unknown young full back named Phil Steele, he was a breath of fresh air.’
Barry John, Wales and British & Irish Lions
‘I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Phil during my time as Wales coach. He is an excellent broadcaster who genuinely wants Wales and Welsh players to excel and I respect his friendly and personal approach. I also admire the fact that he has been able to do this while facing personal and life changing challenges.’
Warren Gatland, Ireland, Wales and British & Irish Lions coach
'I found traditional learning in a classroom very difficult and Mr. Steele, as he was known to me then, gave me a release from the classroom by introducing me to a rugby ball knowing that I was at my happiest out on the pitch. That was the start of my sporting journey and I owe Phil a lot for his time and effort, on and off the field, and for the great support and advice he gave me and my family.'
Lee Byrne, Wales and British and Irish Lions
'Phil Steele embodies all that is great about the culture of Welsh rugby. His strength of character and sense of fun are all the more impressive given some of the dark and devastating times he has endured. His candour in discussing his experience of depression has given others the courage to do the same and helped remove the stigma of an issue that touches so many people. I am proud and privileged to call him a friend.'
Carolyn Hitt, Writer and Broadcaster