This former provincial player and Rugby administrator has commentated on the sport since 1976. A highly entertaining MC and after-dinner speaker. He started commentating when TV began in SA in 1976. Until 1994, he commentated for SABC and then moved to M-Net. Since 1992, Hugh Bladen has toured with the Springboks to France, England, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Italy and England.
Educated at KEPS where he was 1st Cricket team Captain. Also 1st team soccer and Victor Ludorum in athletics. Then King Edward VII School (KES) in Johannesburg, Hugh became Head Prefect, Victor Ludorum for athletics, Captain 1st XV Rugby and Vice Captain 1st XI Cricket.
1975 to 2009 member Quaggas RFC committee (now an honorary life member). 1988 to 2000 served on Golden Lions Executive committee; served on the board of Ellis Park (Pty ) Ltd. The Golden Lions Sports Trust and the Golden Lions Old Boys Trust
2012 inducted into The SAB Sports Media Hall of Fame. Current Committee member, SA Barbarians and a non-Executive Director of Ellis Park (Pty) Ltd, is on the board of the Golden Lions’ Sports Trust & the Transvaal/Golden Lions Old Boys’ trust
He was in the Wanderers first team from 1964 to 1971 and then played rugby for Transvaal under 20 ( 1964 captain ); he was also in the Old Ed’s 1st team for 8 years1965 to 1971 played rugby for Transvaal; 1965 selected for Junior Springboks v Argentina; 1969 selected for Gazelles (S.A. under 24’s ) v Australia then onto club secretary, and loads of committees, and Chairman and rugby selector; made Honorary Life President of The Wanderers Rugby Club and an Honorary member of The Wanderers Golf Club.