Michael Lynagh

Born in Brisbane in 1963 Michael Patrick Thomas Lynagh was a schoolboy wonder at Gregory Terrace in both cricket and Rugby.
 
In 1978 his father Ian moved to Oregon State University to undertake a doctorate degree in psychology, a move that saw young Michael play little American football.
 
Some have suggest that this short stint in the United States playing American football gave him a harder, more competitive edge.
 
After returning to Australia, Michael’s studies led him to Human Movement at the University of Queensland, where he immediately signed up with the University Rugby team.
 
So impressed were the coaches, Lynagh was placed straight into the first grade side and was also fast-tracked to the State training squad.
 
In 1982, immediately after leaving school and before debuting in First Grade, Lynagh debuted for Queensland.
 
His impressive form with his State didn’t go unnoticed and in 1983 he was selected in the Wallabies squad to tour France.
 
While he didn’t get the chance to make his debut during his first Tour, he didn’t have to wait long with his first Gold Wallaby jersey presented to him a year later.
 
With the great Mark Ella the incumbent fly half in 1984, Lynagh made his Wallabies debut in the number 12 jersey against Fiji in Suva.
 
Lynagh kicked three penalty goals in the Wallabies 16-3 victory over their Pacific Island opponents and showed enough to earn a spot on the Wallabies famous 1984 Grand Slam Tour of Europe.
 
He played all four of the Grand Slam winning Tests at inside Centre and showed his absolute class with the boot during the fourth and final Test against Scotland, kicking five penalty goals and two conversions, securing 21 of Australia’s 37 points.
 
In 1985 Lynagh took over the number 10 jersey from Mark Ella, who retired, and set about making it his own.
 
Over the next decade Michael Lyangh became one of Australia’s greatest fly halves and world Rugby’s most prolific points scorers.
 
His ability to shine in the number 10 jersey was all the more impressive considering it had been previously occupied by Mark Ella and Paul McLean, considered two of Australia’s best in that position.
 
From 1985 through to 1992 Lynagh developed a strong partnership with his Wallabies captain and scrum half Nick Farr-Jones.
 
It was a partnership that lasted an impressive 47 Tests and helped deliver Australia their first Rugby World Cup triumph in 1991.
 
In 1993 following the retirement on Nick Farr-Jones, Lynagh took over the captaincy of the Wallabies and led them masterfully until his retirement in 1995.
 
Over an 11 year period Michael Lynagh earned 72 Test caps with the Wallabies, 12 of them as captain.
 
In all 72 of his appearances he showed, poise, skill, strategy and a laser-like kicking ability that scored points from anywhere on the pitch.
 
In total Lynagh kicked 140 conversions, 177 penalty goals, nine drop goals and scored 17 tries for, what was at the time, a world record points tally of 911.
 
Lynagh still holds the points scoring record for Australian players to this day, with just the retired Matt Burke coming close to Lynagh’s mark with 878 points to his name.
 
Since hanging up his boots Lynagh has forged an impressive media career in the UK with the likes of Sky Sports and ITV.
 
Michael Lynagh is the 29th Classic Wallaby to be inducted into the Wallaby Hall of Fame.