Rugby Union: Quinnell clear to play Pumas
Last night, the Wales No 8 persuaded Judge Advocate Jeffrey Blackett, no less, that his now notorious megaton tackle on Lawrence Dallaglio during last month's Wasps-Richmond match at Loftus Road was not quite as bad as all that.
The judge waived the 14-day ban imposed by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary tribunal and effectively cleared Quinnell to face Argentina in this Saturday's Test at Stradey Park.
Quinnell, who has now left Richmond for Llanelli, appealed against the suspension when officials of the London club discovered that his challenge on the England captain was a mere 0.33sec late.
The hearing, originally scheduled for last Thursday, was postponed so the appellant could attend the birth of his son - a pure coincidence that just happened to smooth the way for Quinnell's appearance in last Saturday's contest at Wembley.
Having shone in his natural rugby-playing habitat against South Africa, he was equally effective in a very different environment at Twickenham yesterday evening. Although the judge, sitting as an independent arbitrator, found that Quinnell had committed an offence in flooring Dallaglio, he also deemed the sending-off to be sufficient punishment.
Another RFU tribunal faces a potentially awkward hearing tomorrow when Victor Ubogu, the Bath prop, answers a charge that he abused referee Alun Ware during an unsanctioned game against Cardiff a little over three weeks ago.
Latest in Sport
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show
£13676.46 - £16411.61 per annum + OTE: SThree: SThree Trainee Recruitment Cons...
£18000 - £22000 per annum + training: Ashdown Group: Business and Marketing Gr...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Are you great at building rela...
£20000 - £22000 per annum + excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...