Michael Lynagh to Leave Hospital Tomorrow Two Weeks After Stroke

Michael Lynagh to Leave Hospital Tomorrow
Michael Lynagh signed for Saracens in England in 1996 after the sport went professional and retired two years later. Photographer: David Rogers /Allsport/Getty Images

May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Michael Lynagh, Australia’s leading points scorer in elite international rugby, will be released from a Brisbane hospital tomorrow after suffering a stroke two weeks ago.

Lynagh, a World Cup winner with the Wallabies in 1991, will hold a news conference along with his medical specialists when he leaves, the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital said today in a statement.

“I would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal Brisbane Hospital,” Lynagh wrote earlier on his Twitter account. “They were fantastic and are real heroes.”

Lynagh was in a “critical but stable condition” after suffering a cerebellar and occipital lobe stroke that had affected his vision, coordination and balance, Rob Henderson, a neurologist at the hospital, said April 20. He was admitted to the hospital after being taken ill while visiting family.

Former fly-half Lynagh, who made his debut for Australia at age 20 in 1984, scored a record 911 points in 72 Tests for the Wallabies before retiring in 1995 as the sport’s leading scorer. His world record tally lasted until 1999, when it was surpassed by Neil Jenkins of Wales.

At the 1991 World Cup, Lynagh scored a late try in a quarterfinal against Ireland to give Australia a one-point victory and kicked eight points in the Wallabies’ 12-6 win over host England in the final.

He signed for Saracens in England in 1996 after the sport went professional and retired two years later. He captained Saracens to victory in the 1998 Tetley Bitter Cup, the club’s first trophy in its 122-year history.

In April 2002, Lynagh joined the International Rugby Board to assist with the global development and promotion of the sport, though resigned in September that year. He’s since worked in marketing and as a rugby analyst for U.K. broadcasters including Sky Sports.

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