After a period as manager of Dewsbury RLFC, Waring became well known as the voice of rugby league commentary on the BBC. His style could sometimes alienate followers of the game, believing it to be conforming to stereotype. During the 1960s, his eccentric mode of speech (rugby league was ) and northern accent began to be widely impersonated, largely due to the influence of Mike Yarwood. Students formed the Eddie Waring Society in his honour.
Waring branched out, appearing as a presenter on the television series, It's a Knockout, and as the UK's representative on the international umpiring team for the European version of the show, Jeux Sans Frontieres, where his striped blazer made him easy to spot.
His favourite expression, "It's an up and under", became a notable catchphrase in the 1970s. An "up and under" is a rugby tactic consisting of kicking the ball in a high arc, while the rest of the team rushes toward the landing point, hoping to gain possession and field position.
The Times newspaper in March 2006 published a list of 25 favourite sporting quotes and one of Waring's appeared there:
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May 03, 2008; EDDIE Waring will forever be associated with rugby league. Not a follower of that sport, I picked up this book in the hope that...