Former Welsh International Rugby Player, Entertaining After Dinner Speaker and Awards Host
Former Welsh international rugby league and rugby union player, who was a number 8 for Wales, Llanelli RFC, the Llanelli Scarlets and the Lions. He scored 11 tries for Wales and captained his country on 7 occasions in rugby union.
Scott is the son of former Welsh international Derek Quinnell. His two younger brothers Craig Quinnell and Gavin Quinnell also play professional rugby union. He went on to represent Llanelli on 146 occasions, scoring 69 tries in the process. Quinnell first played for Wales as a blindside flanker in a 26-24 defeat against Canada in 1993. He was part of the 1994 Five nations winning Welsh team.
He switched to rugby league in 1994, joining Wigan. He stayed with Wigan for two years during this time he won the league and the Regal Trophy. He also represented Wales in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, he says that the toughest game of rugby he ever played was the quarter final against Western Samoa. Wales went out to England 25-10 in the semi-finals.
He was selected for the 1997 Lions tour of South Africa but a double hernia operation forced him to leave the tour. He came back to his beloved Stradey Park in 1998.
During the 1998-99 season he did no conditioning work at all as he had rheumatoid arthritis in his left knee. For seven years he played through the pain barrier with the condition that seemed likely to end his career. He was part of a Welsh team that won eight straight games before the 1999 World Cup and then reached the World Cup quarter-finals where they went out 24-9 to the eventual winners Australia.
He captained Wales for the first time in a 23-13 defeat by South Africa at the Millennium Stadium. Quinnell played his final game for Wales as a replacement in a 32-21 win over Canada in 2002 after winning 52 caps. He was again selected for the 2001 Lions tour to Australia where he played in all three tests, and scored a crucial try in the first test in Brisbane.
Since the Welsh domestic game went regional in 2003, he has appeared 59 times for the Scarlets, scoring 32 tries.
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