Ruck and Maul: Incident which blinded Quinnell in one eye is investigated by police and WRU

It is not clear yet whether the Welsh Rugby Union's investigation into Llanelli's citing of a stamp during the match at Cross Keys which cost the Scarlets' Gavin Quinnell the sight in his left eye will wait for Gwent police to complete their inquiries into an allegation of assault. In England, the Gravesend player Clarence Harding was blinded in one eye last January by what he alleged was a gouge while playing against Maidstone. Police took evidence but according to Maidstone RFC, who have not disciplined any player, the police concluded there was "insufficient evidence to refer the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service". Nine months on, an RFU disciplinary hearing is pending.



Jock offers inspiration

It may be of consolation to Quinnell – whose father Derek, uncle Barry John and brothers Scott and Craig all played for Wales – to know that players unsighted in one eye have continued in international rugby. They include Jock Wemyss of Scotland and France's Marcel-Frédéric Lubin-Lebrere, who both played Tests in 1914 before each lost an eye in the First World War. The pair resumed their careers – winning 17 more caps between them – and propped against each other at Stade Colombes in 1922.



Pandy Park packed a punch

Cross Keys' Pandy Park was the venue the last time a Welsh rugby player was prosecuted for an incident in a match. Ten years ago, Cross Keys' full-back Ioan Bebb was forced to retire from the game after suffering a detached retina due to a punch. The Bridgend and Wales lock Chris Stephens was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to Bebb, a schoolteacher, and sentenced to 200 hours' community service.



Fijian eyes seventh heaven

The Fiji-born forward Isoa Damudamu is in England's squad for the two-day Commonwealth Games sevens which kick off in Delhi tomorrow. Fiji have a great sevens pedigree but the country is excluded from the Commonwealth. Kenya and Samoa are possible second-round opponents for England; the favourites are New Zealand, with All Blacks Zac Guildford, Hosea Gear and Liam Messam in their squad. Some of England's forward power comes from Chris Cracknell, who left Worcester under a cloud in July after the brawl involving his team-mate James Collins and their families following the final match of last season at Leeds.



Keen to pay tribute to Keane

Perhaps only an Irishman, or even a Munsterman, is properly qualified to eulogise Moss Keane, doyen of the second-row old school who passed away aged 62 last week. In Anthony Foley's autobiography, the recent Munster captain jovially recalled the difficulty his dad, Brendan, had holding a place in Ireland's engine room alongside the perennially present, hard-drinking Keane. "You'd better play well today or I'll be dropped," Foley Snr once told Moss. The man himself contributed an entertaining page to last year's book of rugby tales, Voices from the Back of the Bus, describing a Tio Pepe-soaked preamble to his Test debut in Paris too long to go into. In Keane's words: "We were unlucky to lose 9-6 but I must have played OK, as I subsequently made five further appearances at the same venue. Happy days."

hughgodwin@yahoo.co.uk

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Richard Norris in GQ
mediaGQ features photo shoot with man who underwent full face transplant
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
News
Your picture is everything in the shallow world of online dating
i100
News
The Swiss Re tower or 'Gherkin' was at one time the UK’s most expensive office when German bank IVG and private equity firm Evans Randall bought it
news
Life and Style
Attractive women on the Internet: not a myth
techOkCupid boasts about Facebook-style experiments on users
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on