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Welsh rugby player loses sight in left eye

Welsh rugby player loses sight in left eye

A professional rugby player has lost the sight in one eye following an incident in a Welsh league match at the weekend.
Gavin Quinnell, who was playing for Llanelli against Cross Keys, had emergency surgery in hospital on Saturday but doctors were unable to save the sight in 26-year-old forward's left eye.
A statement issued Thursday by Quinnell's family and regional club Scarlets, which includes Llanelli players in its squad, said the news was given to the player after a consultation with eye specialists.
"It is very sad news for all those connected with Llanelli rugby, the Scarlets family and rugby as a whole," the statement read.
"The family would like to add that Gavin is coping well given what he has been through, and they are all very proud of the way he is handling the situation."
Gwent Police are investigating an allegation of assault. The Scarlets and Llanelli lodged a formal citing complaint with the Welsh Rugby Union on Monday, the statement said.
Quinnell, who previously played for English team Worcester and Viadana in Italy, comes from a famous rugby-playing family. His father, Derek, was a No. 8 for Wales and the British and Irish Lions, and brothers Scott and Craig also played for their country.


Updated : 2021-10-24 23:41 GMT+08:00