Born in 1972, the son of rugby legend Derek Quinnell, nephew of Barry 'The King' John, and godson of Merv 'The Swerve' Davis, Scott Quinnell was under no pressure of course to play rugby!
Scott Quinnell began his rugby career with Llanelli Juniors at the age of eight, playing his first game for the Llanelli Scarlets at 18 against Penygroes RFC in 1990. Scott went on to play 146 games for the Scarlets, scoring 69 tries for his beloved home club under the guidance of Gareth Jenkins - his only Llanelli coach - and the mentorship of his father Derek.
Scott moved to Wigan in 1994 to pursue a career in rugby league, scoring 22 tries for the Wigan Warriors, and also playing for the Welsh national rugby league side. Union beckoned again, however, and Scott moved to Surrey after the code went professional, playing for Richmond alongside his brother Craig and several other Welsh giants including Alan Bateman, Andy Moore and Barry Williams. During this time Scott scored 36 tries for Richmond RFC but was clearly unhappy playing for the club. Returning to Llanelli mid contract with Richmond, Scott took half wages in pursuit of some hwyl again in his rugby playing, happy to be home and to feel the magic again in his precious Scarlets jersey. His playing career ended prematurely due to wrist and knee injuries, but Scott would go on to coach the Under 21 and Llanelli RFC squad, and in so doing brought home some serious silver wear home for his much-loved club.
Scott played for Wales national team on 52 occasions, captaining the side seven times and scoring 12 tries. Such was his admiration and respect for Graham Henry during this period that Scott calls him 'coach' to this day. Scott also played for the Barabarians and was a member of the British Lions on two tours in 1997 and 2001 in which he scored five tries and one Test try.
A commentator and a widely respected media personality, Scott can be seen and heard on Sky Sports, Real Radio, BBC's The One Show and A Question of Sport and Soccer AM, and has just finished production of the third series of Sky Sports' School of Hard Knocks alongside Will Greenwood. Scott is also a frequent newspaper columnist and a sought-after motivational after-dinner speaker throughout the rugby playing world.
Scott is an ambassador for the charitable lottery The People's Postcode Lottery, a patron of the Princes Trust, the Make a Wish foundation and the Welsh Dyslexic Association, and has for 12 years spoken throughout the UK on learning difficulties to adults and children, including in the Houses of Parliament on three occasions. Scott's speeches have inspired teachers, pupils, adults and parents in the realisation that dyslexia need not be a barrier to success in life.
Client Comments for Scott Quinnell
- Some of our commentators are respected, some are liked, some are loathed (but listened to) but only Scott is universally loved. Young, old, male, female, they all adore Scott and the good guy persona is no trick of the camera; he's just a great bloke and a total pleasure to work with.
- An absolute legend who brought colour and passion to the talkSPORT commentary box.
- I am always pleased to book Scott for rugby and general sporting clubs, and always get excellent feedback from the clients. I rate him as one of the best sporting speakers on the after dinner circuit.
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- People's Postcode Lottery have worked with Scott since 2010. He is a huge pleasure to work with, incredibly enthusiastic and highly professional at all times.
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- Scott came into Parc Prison as part of our annual Hay in the Parc literary festival last year. As a positive role model for young people, Scott proved to be not just inspiring but tear-jerkingly emotional and most importantly... real! The workshop was utterly brilliant.
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