Scott Quinnell (born 20 August 1972 in Morriston, Swansea, Glamorgan) is a former Welsh international rugby league and rugby union player, who was a number 8 for Wales, Llanelli RFC, the Llanelli Scarlets and the Lions. He scored 11 tries for Wales and captained his country on 7 occasions in rugby union.
He made his Llanelli debut as an 18-year-old back in 1990 against Penygroes. He went on to represent Llanelli on 146 occasions, scoring 69 tries in the process.
Quinnell first played for Wales as a blindside flanker in a 26-24 defeat against Canada in 1993. He was part of the 1994 Five nations winning Welsh team and was man of the match as number 8 in Wales' 24-15 victory over France that year with a try and a breakaway to set up another try. He switched to rugby league in 1994, joining Wigan. He stayed with Wigan for two years during this time he won the league and the 1995–96 Regal Trophy final. He also represented Wales in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, he says that the toughest game of rugby he ever played was the quarter final against Western Samoa. Wales went out to England 25-10 in the semi-finals.
He returned to rugby union with Richmond in 1996. He came back to his beloved Stradey Park in 1998. During the 1998-99 season he did no conditioning work at all as he had rheumatoid arthritis in his left knee. For seven years he played through the pain barrier with the condition that seemed likely to end his career.
He was part of a Welsh team that won eight straight games before the 1999 World Cup and then reached the World Cup quarter-finals where they went out 24-9 to the eventual winners Australia. He captained Wales for the first time in a 23-13 defeat by South Africa at the Millennium Stadium. Quinnell played his final game for Wales as a replacement in a 32-21 win over Canada in 2002 after winning 52 caps.