The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has today announced the Queensland Reds have signed skilful flyhalf Tom Lynagh through 2023.
Tom is set to follow in the footsteps of his father Michael at the Reds, joining his new Queensland team-mates mid next year on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The 17-year-old is currently playing within the Harlequins and England Academy system in the UK where he continues to impress and draw parallels with his father.
Described by the great Queensland and Australian coach Bob Templeton as the “best footballer we have ever produced,” Michael Lynagh represented his country in 72 Tests – 15 as captain, in a 12-year international career that included a World Cup victory in 1991 as the Australian vice-captain. He also played 100 games for Queensland and captained the Reds in three seasons (1988, 1990-91) during his time at Ballymore.
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Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’ll be great to have Tom as part of our program next year.
“He will get a chance to develop alongside players such as James O’Connor. With Tom coming in and Taj Annan from BBC committing through 2023 also, we are in a good place.
“Tom is currently in the English and Harlequins Academies which is a great rugby system. He’ll have the opportunity to continue to develop here at Queensland. We look forward to seeing his progression,” said Thorn.