|Full name||Gavin Quinnell|
|Date of birth||25 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Llanelli, Wales|
|Height||2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||138 kg (300 lb)|
|Notable relative(s)||Craig Quinnell (brother)
Scott Quinnell (brother)
Derek Quinnell (father)
|Rugby union career|
|Position||Flanker, Number eight, Lock|
|Professional / senior clubs|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|correct as of 17:57, 13 February 2008 (UTC).|
Gavin Quinnell (born 25 November 1983 in Llanelli, Wales) is a former Welsh rugby union player. His career was ended as a result of an eye gouge in a Welsh premiership game. He played for several teams in England, Wales and Italy but finished his career with Magners league side Llanelli Scarlets. He is the son of Derek Quinnell and brother of Scott Quinnell and Craig Quinnell, all former Wales internationals.
Before joining Llanelli Scarlets he started rugby in his home village for Furnace United RFC, as a youth player where he played mainly at Number 8.
In 2006 he left the Llanelli Scarlets to join Worcester Warriors in a two-year deal. He scored a total of nine tries in 20 appearances in his first season at Sixways and quickly became a cult hero with his all-action displays.
After not being offered a new contract by Worcester at the end of the 2007-08 season, Gavin Quinnell was forced to find a new club. He then moved on to Italian Super 10 (now National Championship of Excellence) club Viadana.
Quinnell suffered an eye injury 30 minutes into a game against Cross Keys on 2 October 2010. The following Thursday it was confirmed that, despite the best efforts of surgeons, he had lost the sight in his left eye. The incident is currently being investigated by the Welsh Rugby Union and Gwent Police.
- Worcester Warriors Profile at WRFC.co.uk
- Guinness Premiership Profile at GuinnessPremiership.com
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