IRB Hall of Fame – Induction No.89 – Michael Patrick Lynagh (Australia) 1963-

One of seven legends inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in London on 17 November 2014. These inductions represent the incorporation into the IRB Hall of Fame following the acquisition of the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

Born 25 October, 1963 in Brisbane, Australia.

When Wallaby great Michael Lynagh suffered a serious stroke in April 2012 the outpouring of emotion from the rugby public told you all you needed to know about his standing in the Game.

Now a popular TV pundit, Lynagh had a lengthy playing career - he was an integral part of Australia's Grand Slam-winning tour of Britain and Ireland in 1984 and finally retired from international rugby in 1995 as the then leading points-scorer, with 911, in Test history.

Lynagh’s international career started at centre initially, but he went on to make the green and gold No.10 jersey his own following Mark Ella’s decision to retire in 1985. In 1993, Lynagh took over the captaincy of the Wallabies and led them masterfully for the next two years.

Of his 17 Test tries, the most memorable was probably the one he scored against Ireland in the dying stages of the quarter-final of Rugby World Cup 1991 which kept  the Wallabies’ dreams of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup alive.