Craig Quinnell

Craig Quinnell

Position: Lock

Date Of Birth 09/07/1975 (42)
Place Of Birth Swansea
Height 198cm / 6' 6"
Weight 130kg / 20st 6lbs

The son of the former Llanelli and Wales star Derek, Craig and brother Scott followed their father’s example and forged successful rugby careers. Younger brother Gavin was less fortunate and his career ended when he received a serious injury in a game. Craig played 54 games for Cardiff between November 1999 and May 2002 establishing himself as one of the backbones of the pack. Though often in the firing line from opposition forwards, he never took a backward step and was a firm favourite with the Cardiff faithful.

Inevitably he began his senior career with Llanelli but left the Scarlets to join Richmond where he remained for three years. In 1999 he joined Cardiff, for whom he played 54 times before leaving to join English club Saracens and for a short while Worcester.

In 2003 he returned to Cardiff and was one of the earliest recruits to the newly-established Cardiff Blues, playing for three seasons until injury forced his retirement in April 2006. The injury was sustained during the game against Glasgow Warriors when he damaged his neck and doctors told him that he risked being in a wheelchair if he played rugby again.  As a player Quinnell had a fearsome reputation with ball in hands, and was frequently being ‘talked to’ by the officials.

At the age of twenty-two Quinnell won his first international cap, as flank forward against Fiji in 1995, and he won thirty-two international caps in all. He was a member of the World Cup squad in 1999 and toured with Wales to Argentina and Japan and he was a key member of the team that recorded the famous 32-31 victory over England at Wembley in 1999.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1999/2000 10 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0  
  2000/2001 22 13 0 9 5 0 0 0 25  
  2001/2002 22 12 1 9 1 0 0 0 5  
  Total 54 32 2 20 6 0 0 0 30  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  13/11/1999 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 34 - 25  
  19/11/1999 Harlequins SR 0 0 0 0 0 D 32 - 32  
  27/11/1999 ASM Clermont Auvergne SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 13 - 46  
  18/12/1999 Benetton Rugby Treviso Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 40 - 16  
  23/12/1999 Pontypridd SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 41 - 10  
  26/12/1999 Bridgend Ravens SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 43 - 10  
  08/01/2000 ASM Clermont Auvergne Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 5  
  16/01/2000 Harlequins SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 30 - 26  
  12/02/2000 Pontypridd SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 17  
  26/02/2000 Newport Rep 0 0 0 0 0 L 13 - 22  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  30/09/2000 Glasgow Warriors Rep 0 0 0 0 0 L 26 - 27  
  06/10/2000 Ulster SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 23 - 32  
  14/10/2000 Stade Toulousain SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 17  
  21/10/2000 Saracens SR 1 0 0 0 5 W 32 - 23  
  27/10/2000 Saracens SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 24 - 14  
  04/11/2000 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 22 - 29  
  02/12/2000 Scarlets SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 9  
  05/12/2000 Neath Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 18 - 12  
  09/12/2000 Edinburgh Rugby SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 11 - 29  
  12/01/2001 Ulster SR 1 0 0 0 5 W 42 - 16  
  20/01/2001 Stade Toulousain SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 27 - 38  
  27/01/2001 Gloucester Rugby SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 15 - 21  
  10/02/2001 Bridgend Ravens Rep 0 0 0 0 0 L 19 - 24  
  24/02/2001 Scarlets SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 65 - 16  
  10/03/2001 Glasgow Warriors SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 31 - 11  
  24/03/2001 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 21 - 28  
  28/03/2001 Cross Keys Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 33 - 23  
  31/03/2001 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 14  
  21/04/2001 Caerphilly SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 50 - 19  
  28/04/2001 Cross Keys SR 2 0 0 0 10 W 57 - 0  
  05/05/2001 Scarlets SR 1 0 0 0 5 L 25 - 34  
  10/05/2001 Caerphilly SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 43 - 20  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  18/08/2001 Connacht Rep 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 6  
  24/08/2001 Neath SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 14 - 25  
  29/08/2001 Newport SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 14  
  01/09/2001 Caerphilly SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 49 - 15  
  11/09/2001 Edinburgh Rugby SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 32 - 24  
  15/09/2001 Munster SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 51  
  22/09/2001 Swansea SR 1 0 0 0 5 W 25 - 13  
  28/09/2001 Northampton Saints SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 25 - 17  
  06/10/2001 ASM Clermont Auvergne SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 37  
  20/10/2001 Scarlets SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 25 - 28  
  27/10/2001 Glasgow Warriors SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 46 - 7  
  04/11/2001 Glasgow Warriors SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 32 - 47  
  15/12/2001 Neath SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 12  
  22/12/2001 Bridgend Ravens SR 0 0 0 0 0 D 25 - 25  
  26/12/2001 Pontypridd SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 28 - 20  
  29/12/2001 Ebbw Vale SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 20 - 22  
  05/01/2002 ASM Clermont Auvergne SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 26 - 20  
  12/01/2002 Northampton Saints SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 15 - 26  
  19/01/2002 Glasgow Warriors Rep 0 0 0 0 0 W 29 - 12  
  26/04/2002 Newport SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 17 - 14  
  04/05/2002 Swansea SR 0 0 0 0 0 L 20 - 24  
  07/05/2002 Bridgend Ravens SR 0 0 0 0 0 W 47 - 27  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 32 20 1 11 5 0 0 0 25  
Clubs: - Richmond - Saracens - Cardiff -
Education: - Graig Comprehensive School - Llandovery College -
Region: - Cardiff Blues - Scarlets -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - Wales - Wales A - Wales Development XV - Wales Schools - Wales U21 - Wales Youth -

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