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Michael Lynagh

Nation: Australia
Place of Birth: Brisbane, October 25, 1963
Position: Fly half
Internationals: 72 caps between 1984 and 1995
Inducted: England v Australia (November 12, 2005)

The following article has been adapted from the original by Dai Llewellyn, which focused on two players. It has been changed to highlight only the selected inductee’s information.

For Michael Lynagh the recognition at the home of English rugby is extra special. “Twickenham featured heavily at the start of my career, when my I won my second Australia cap in 1984.

“Then I appeared there at the height of my career in the 1991 Rugby World Cup final, which we won by beating England. And finally, I played the very last competitive match of my career at the ground in the Pilkington Cup final for Saracens against Wasps, which we won.”

Lynagh had good memories of the place, not least the scenes in the visitors’ changing rooms after that 1991 World Cup win over England.
“I was relaxing in one of the magnificent baths with a glass of champagne. In the next bath to me was our captain Nick Farr-Jones. Suddenly your Prime Minister, John Major, appeared in the bathroom, accompanied by some of our officials.

“A naked Nick stood instantly and said, ‘John, good to meet you.’ All the photographers around Mr Major fired off a load of shots, but that was one photo opportunity that went begging.”

Article by Dai Llewellyn


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