Ex-Wallabies star Lynagh suffers stroke

FORMER Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh was last night recovering in a Brisbane hospital after suffering a suspected stroke.

The 48-year-old, who was part of the 1991 Rugby World Cup-winning Wallabies team, is thought to be in intensive care and undergoing tests.

Lynagh, who won 72 caps and remains Australia’s record points scorer with 911, was rushed to hospital on Monday night, having recently arrived on a visit from London.

Saracens said yesterday in a Twitter post: “Everyone connected with Sarries sends their best wishes to Michael Lynagh, who was recently admitted to hospital after suffering a stroke.”

Lynagh, who now works in advertising and as a rugby union pundit for Sky Sports and ITV, spent two seasons at Saracens before his retirement in 1998.

That came after a glittering 12-year international career, in which the prolific kicker captained his side at the 1995 World Cup.

Four years earlier in England he scored the last-minute try that defeated Ireland at the quarter-final stage, before landing eight points as Australia beat Geoff Cooke’s men 12-6 in the final.

Lynagh, who won three Super Rugby titles in a 13-year stint with his native Queensland, helped Saracens beat Wasps to clinch the 1998 Tetley’s Bitter Cup.