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Bullitt
13-04-06, 10:37 PM
Originally posted by sky sports
Wales and Cardiff Blues second row forward Craig Quinnell has announced his retirement from all forms of rugby due to a serious neck injury.

Quinnell was forced into the move after seeing a specialist this week, following an injury to discs in his neck he suffered against Glasgow two weeks ago.

"Obviously I'm really disappointed I'm never going to play again whether professionally or even a fun game," the 30-year-old Quinnell said. "The consultant has told me I could be one hit away from a wheelchair.

"That really hits home how lucky I have been, to hopefully be able to continue to play other sports, such as golf and squash, as well as lead a normal life.

"I'd like to thank everybody who has been involved with me in my career ranging from Mike Bieri the kit man, to people like Graham Henry (former Wales coach) and Dai Young (current Cardiff boss), to the numerous players I've played with and the coaches I've played under.

"I'd like also to thank all the Blues faithful who have cheered me on as well as thanking all the opposition fans who have booed and heckled and driven me forward over the years."

The son of Wales great Derek and brother of fellow Wales international Scott Quinnell, Craig was capped 32 times for his country. He started his career with Llanelli and also played for English clubs Richmond, Saracens and Worcester, as well as two stints for Cardiff.

Well, there go all the pie sales for the Blues away games.

Cymro
14-04-06, 11:34 AM
A bit harsh if you ask me.

Should have played for Wales this 6 Nations as Wales lacked a second row with some agrresiveness.

However his age was against him. He was good to watch ages ago but died away really.

gjohn85
15-04-06, 12:40 AM
At long last! Too fat, too slow, too useless.

SaintsFan_Webby
15-04-06, 08:31 AM
Are any of the Quinnell thugs still playing?

I lose track of how many of their tribe are currently involved with the game.

Cymro
15-04-06, 09:47 AM
younger brother Gavin is at the Scarletts, I think they are the Welsh version of Phill and Grant Mitchell of Eastenders, however both great servants to Wales and their respective clubs.

An Tarbh
15-04-06, 11:24 AM
Gavin really looks like a fatter version of Scott, not even close though as a player.

loratadine
15-04-06, 11:37 AM
yes but hes 18/19

An Tarbh
15-04-06, 01:04 PM
granted he may improve but he'll always be in the shadow of the 2 greats and the fat one.

loratadine
15-04-06, 01:48 PM
well everyone said the same about scott, that he would always be in the shadow of derek.

gavin has more potential than scott did at that age.

An Tarbh
15-04-06, 02:10 PM
Can't say I recall that, Quinell was delivering big performances right from the start of his international career, remember his game against the French at the Arms Park.

There wasn't much from Gavin in the games he got last season and doesn't look to have improved much on those this time round either. He's also 22 by which time Scott had more than his fair share of caps.

Cymro
15-04-06, 03:26 PM
I think Craig was at his best at International level when Wales beat England in 99. I think that was when he reached his peak.

As for Gavin from what I saw last year and what he is now he has improved and will hopefully continue to do so.

gjohn85
15-04-06, 10:05 PM
Heres a pic of Gavin
http://www.welshrugbypics.co.uk/events/050507scarletsvospreys/050507scarletsvospreys24.jpg

& here's scott
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/38560000/jpg/_38560663_quinnell300.jpg

loratadine
15-04-06, 10:12 PM
hes a good player i remember he blitz through ryan jones afew times in that game

gjohn85
15-04-06, 10:16 PM
Is that Olly Barkly (sp?) in the second pic? Whoever it is they looks as if they just sh*t themselves.

loratadine
15-04-06, 10:17 PM
yeah it looks like barkley

gjohn85
15-04-06, 10:22 PM
Originally posted by loratadine@Apr 15 2006, 11:37 AM
yes but hes 18/19
He 22 yrs old & 22 stone (140kg)

loratadine
15-04-06, 10:29 PM
yeah my mistake, but i think he has a great future ahead of him, although using him as an impact player at the moment is the right idea, just like martyn madden

Cymro
15-04-06, 10:59 PM
Martyn Madden is a whole different kettle of fish alltogether

loratadine
15-04-06, 11:07 PM
martyn madden is great and should be knighted

Black-Monday
15-04-06, 11:45 PM
Starting to sound alot like BOM BOM there lora, he your next door neighbour you say?

BM

loratadine
15-04-06, 11:50 PM
yes he is, and he like me worships the ground the big man walks on.

bom bom is on holidays at the monet down a caravan, hes two years younger than me, hes 16. i aint bom bom if thats what youre getting at

Black-Monday
15-04-06, 11:57 PM
Nooooo..... would I ever suggest such a thing..

BM