Rugby Union: Clean Up Your Act, Craig; New Zealand Legend Wayne Shelford Opens Up to Rugby Correspondent Simon Thomas about Why He Got Rid of Cardiff's Big-Money New Signing Craig Quinnell, His Rapport with Steve Hansen and Why He Is Writing off Pontypridd's European Hopes

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Rugby Union: Clean Up Your Act, Craig; New Zealand Legend Wayne Shelford Opens Up to Rugby Correspondent Simon Thomas about Why He Got Rid of Cardiff's Big-Money New Signing Craig Quinnell, His Rapport with Steve Hansen and Why He Is Writing off Pontypridd's European Hopes


Byline: Simon Thomas

NEW ZEALAND legend Wayne Shelford has warned Craig Quinnell he must clean up his act if he is to make a successful return to Welsh rugby. Shelford, Quinnell's former coach at Saracens, has opened up on the reasons why he bombed the giant lock out of Vicarage Road.

He says he must stop giving away silly penalties and losing his cool, and that he also needs to shake off the injury problems that blighted his time with the Zurich Premiership outfit.

But he believes if he can do this, he can yet be a roaring success on his return to Cardiff - rather than the failure he was at Saracens.

Quinnell was released by Sarries before Christmas just months after making a high-profile move from the Arms Park. He's currently with English Division One outfit Worcester, where he has been employed both as a flanker and in the second row.

But, from next season, he will be back at Cardiff, having agreed to rejoin the Blue and Blacks on a three-year deal. Having worked with Quinnell, Shelford has a clear view on where he lets himself down.

"He has got to become a lot more disciplined," said the Kiwi. "He is an older guy and he should be setting an example. He's 27 now and he has played a lot of Test rugby.

"He does give away a few penalties. When he was with us, he used to give them away for silly little things.

"He would get pinged for it and then people would play on him.

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