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Legends of the Game: Michael Lynagh

The great Aussie fly half

Posted Jul 21, 2011 by Legends

Michael Lynagh scored 911 points in 72 appearances for Australia

In an international career spanning eleven years, Michael Lynagh racked up 72 appearances for his country and became one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, and not just in Australia, his talents were recognised across the rugby playing world.

Lynagh began playing at school, where he represented St Joseph’s College in Brisbane between 1979 and 1981, captaining the side in his final year, before moving on to a 13-year professional career with Queensland.

A recognised fly half, Lynagh was also able to play inside centre if required, doing so even at international level, such was his quality in that position, despite it not being his natural game.

At the age of just 20, Lynagh made his debut for Australia against Fiji in 1984, playing inside centre before Mark Ella’s retirement from the game opened up the fly half position after the Aussies won the Grand Slam later in the same year.

Lynagh became Australia’s record points scorer, racking up a grand total of 911 points, and retired from the national side in 1995, having been a part of the 1991 World Cup winning side. When rugby turned professional in England in 1996, Lynagh made the move to the northern hemisphere and joined London-based Saracens.  

The Aussie acted almost as a beacon at Saracens, who were aiming to attract the best players and fans to the club, and helped them to their most successful season at the time, (prior to the 2010/11 title winning season), when in 1997/98 they battled with Newcastle. In front of a crowd of almost 20,000, Lynagh kicked the match-winning drop goal in a game between the sides in the dying seconds. A month later, he helped the club win the Tetley’s Bitter Cup with a 48-18 win against Wasps.

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