Player

Craig Quinnell - Lock

Craig Quinnell
Height198
Weight130
Date Of Birth09/07/1975
Place Of BirthSwansea
EducationGraig Comprehensive School, Llandovery College
ClubsSaracens, Cardiff, Richmond
RegionsCardiff Blues, Scarlets
HonoursWales, Wales Development XV, Wales Schools, Wales U21, Wales Youth, Wales A
InvitationalBarbarians
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.
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
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3