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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Quinnell's horror eye injury

Police are investigating an incident during a Welsh Premiership game that threatens to leave Gavin Quinnell blind in one eye.

Quinnell, the younger brother of Lions great Scott, will discover today whether emergency surgery has saved his sight.

The 26-year-old forward was injured during Llanelli's 27-19 defeat at Cross Keys last Saturday.

Gwent police have launched an investigation into an alleged assault, while the club have lodged a formal citing complaint to the Welsh Rugby Union.

"This must be dealt with promptly. Obviously this is a very serious injury and our sympathy is with Gavin and his family at this difficult time.

"We have to be supportive and we will see how things go for Gavin," insisted Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies.

Quinnell is the youngest member of the famous rugby dynasty, the son of 70s legend Derek and the brother of Wales pair Scott and Craig.

He returned to Llanelli during the summer following two-year spells with both Worcester and Italian side Viadana.

"The process is now in the hands of the WRU disciplinary panel in accordance with the Union's rules and regulations," a WRU statement read.

Irish Independent

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