Derek Quinnell – Welsh Rugby Legend and Entertaining After-Dinner Speaker.
Derek Quinnell was born in Llanelli, 1949, and educated at Coleshill School.
He first gained representative honours for his country at youth level and started playing for Llanelli RFC in 1967. Quinnell made his international debut for Wales against France in 1972.
Derek Quinnell captained Llanelli in 1979-80 and was a member of three British and Irish Lions tours.
Derek Quinnell was the only player in the Lions squad not to have been capped by his country when he went on the tour to New Zealand in 1971, playing in one test. He went to New Zealand again in 1977, playing in two tests, and finally to South Africa in 1980, again playing in two tests.
Quinnell went on to gain 23 caps for Wales and 5 for the Lions.
Three of his sons, Scott, Craig and Gavin went on to play professional rugby, with Scott and Craig both winning caps for Wales.