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."


Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific