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Tuesday, 13 November, 2001, 16:07 GMT
Quinnell tipped for greatness
Scott Quinnell earned praise for his Lions performance
Scott Quinnell "will be one of the great Wales captains" when his reign begins against Tonga on Saturday, according to Llanelli team manager Anthony Buchanan.

Quinnell has skippered Llanelli for two seasons and Buchanan is convinced the former rugby league player will have no problem leading out his country at the Millennium Stadium.

"Scott is taking over at a difficult time with Wales having lost two on the trot and by no means firing on all cylinders, but if anyone is the right man for the job it's him," said Buchanan.

  Scott Quinnell profile
Born: 20/08/72 in Morriston, Swansea
Height: 1.93m/6ft 4in
Weight: 118kg/18st 8lb
Honours: Wales Under-18, Wales Youth, Wales Under-19, Wales Under-21, Wales, Wales RL, Lions
Clubs: Llanelli (2 spells), Wigan RL, Richmond
Wales caps: 44 (8 tries)
Test debut: 1993 v Canada

"Scott's leadership qualities are unquestionable, you only have to look at his performance last weekend.

"In the face of an Argentine pack that were dominant in so many areas, he was still my man of the match."

Saturday's match against Tonga will not be Quinnell's first experience of leading Wales, as he captained them against South Africa last year, but this time the role is permanent.

Quinnell began his rugby career at Stradey Park, coming through the Wales youth set-up before making his debut in 1993 against Canada at Cardiff Arms Park.

The son of Wales and Lions legend Derek and nephew of the equally revered Barry John, Quinnell turned his back on rugby union in September 1994, signing for the Wigan rugby league club in a 400,000 transfer.

Quinnell was capped for Wales at rugby league before returningd to the 15-man code in 1997 with Richmond, before rejoining Llanelli when the English club went bust.

Quinnell, whose brother Craig is also a Welsh international, was called up for the 1997 Lions tour to South Africa but injury curtailed his involvement.

The giant No 8 more than made up for it this summer in Australia, where he emerged as one of the Lions' outstanding performers.

Derek Quinnell in action for the 1974 Lions against South Africa
Quinnell's father, Derek, played for the 1974 Lions

"He proved on the Lions' tour in the summer that he is the finest No 8 in the world today," Buchanan added.

"He is hugely respected at the club, by players and management alike, and that carries through onto the international stage.

"He has a wealth of experience and broad enough shoulders to carry the responsibility that comes with captaining your country and it is a massive responsibility.

"The country expects the national team to perform, but Scott has the experience, knowledge and commitment to deliver and you can be sure he will always give 100 per cent.

"He has been inspirational for Llanelli since his return to the club and it was inevitable his influence would spread to the international scene.

"It seems inevitable too, that he will be one of the great Wales captains."

Wales coach Graham Henry
"It's important the guys play well and express themselves"
Wales skipper Scott Quinnell
"It's the highest honour to captain your country"
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