Son of a Test gun picks Australia over England

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The celebrated Lynagh sanction is gracing Ballymore erstwhile more.

The lad of rugby royalty, a airy faced Tom Lynagh has emerged from 2 weeks of quarantine to commencement beingness with the Queensland Reds connected a bold travel helium hopes volition extremity successful Wallabies gold.

Born successful Italy and raised successful England, Tom is the 17-year-old lad of legendary five-eighth Michael Lynagh, who guided Australia to its archetypal Rugby World Cup successful 1991.

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Michael and Tom Lynagh astatine Ballymore. (Queensland Rugby Union)

Tom's determination to determination Down Under stunned London-based Michael, fixed the young playmaker was making beardown advancement successful the Harlequins and England academy systems.

And older member Louis - an extracurricular backmost - had paved the mode by scoring 2 precocious tries to triumph a melodramatic Premiership last with Harlequins successful June.

"We were sitting successful the car and helium (Tom) said 'I don't truly privation to play successful that, I privation to spell to Australia.' It was a spot of a shock," Michael said.

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Louis Lynagh of Harlequins celebrates with begetter Michael aft winning the Premiership last astatine Twickenham. (Getty)

"It was a bold determination by Tom to permission the comfortableness of wherever helium was to accidental 'that's what I privation to do.'

"I was precise arrogant of him to marque specified a large determination alternatively than travel successful his brother's footsteps, but I don't deliberation it had thing bash to with bucking the trend.

"It was conscionable what helium wanted to do, he's fortunate the Reds gave him the accidental to bash that and he's done thing truthful far, truthful helium knows it's present up to him."

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Lynagh is the lone caller look successful the 32 antheral Queensland squad for adjacent year's inaugural Super Rugby Pacific competition.

The youngster volition get to larn his trade down Wallabies prima James O'Connor, who has matured into a terrific mentor and leader.

"I person ever dreamt of playing for Australia," Tom said.

"I mightiness not get the accidental but it's conscionable astir the imagination and the Queensland Reds look similar a bully spot to assistance maine scope that.

"I've ever conscionable followed Australian rugby for arsenic agelong arsenic I tin remember.

"I conscionable similar the marque of rugby they play down here. It's much breathtaking and it's the absorption rugby should spell towards to turn the game."

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Michael, who played 72 Tests for Australia and 100 games for Queensland, said his sons had coped good with having specified a celebrated father.

"I get instrumentality from the boys erstwhile I commencement talking, but it's each been beauteous debased key, we don't person memorabilia astir the house," Michael said.

"Going done schoolhouse radical cognize the sanction and they've dealt with it precise well.

"Hopefully he'll (Tom) find his mode and marque his ain stories."

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