Gavin Quinnell

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Gavin Quinnell
Full name Gavin Quinnell
Date of birth (1983-11-25) 25 November 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Llanelli, Wales
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 138 kg (304 lb)
Notable relative(s) Craig Quinnell (brother)
Scott Quinnell (brother)
Derek Quinnell (father)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Number eight, Lock
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 17:57, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
Current local club Scarlets

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.[1] 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.

Quinnell can play at Number 8, flanker or lock and established himself as a powerful impact player for Warriors.

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.

On 23 July 2010, Quinnell rejoined his former team Scarlets on a two-year contract.[2]

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.[3] The incident is currently being investigated by the Welsh Rugby Union and Gwent Police.


  1. ^ "Scarlet Quinnell joins Worcester". BBC Sport. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 13 February 2008. 
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  3. ^ "Gavin Quinnell loses sight in his left eye". 7 October 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 

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