Lynagh says English selection is “surreal”



Louis Lynagh, the son of Wallabies rugby legend Michael Lynagh, believes hearing about his selection for England was such a surprise that it struck him as “surreal”.

But the 20-year-old winger, a talent so sought after that England’s rugby chiefs clearly felt they had better act quickly before Australia or Italy offered him a call-up, says it is “Cool” to be invited by Eddie Jones to the 45-person training camp team next month.

“It really feels good,” Lynagh told the Harlequins club website after receiving a call early in the morning on Tuesday to inform them of her selection.

“I received a phone call when I had just woken up; it was pretty cool but quite surreal.

“I told my dad and the rest of the family about it and it’s pretty cool to have this chance to improve and develop my game with these guys that I’ve watched for years.”

Lynagh’s one-two tryout against Newcastle this weekend helped kick off Champions Harlequins’ Premiership season with a win, bringing his Premiership tally to eight in just 13 appearances.

He once again demonstrated the same kind of skill and strength that Australia’s Jones thought he once saw in World Cup-winning father Michael, although the England coach couldn’t help but joking with the youngster that he didn’t look like an Australian.

Lynagh of Italian descent, who has lived in England since the age of five, was not the only young Harlequins prospect chosen for the team, along with teammates Sam Riley, 20, and Jack Kenningham, 21 . nod to the English training group.

“We’ve been playing together, going through Quins Academy, since we were 15 or 16,†explained Lynagh, who called Riley to tell her about her Jones call, only for the hooker to get himself- even a call later. during the day.

It’s a pleasure for the Quins to have seven players on the squad, but their new head coach Tabai Matson had to admit it was a “double-edged sword” for the club, possibly leaving them skinny. when the English internationals in November arrive.

“It’s a reflection of the success they’ve had,†Matson said. “As a club we are delighted that these guys have been recognized and are moving forward.

“It’s always exciting when they want to take a look at the players at your club, but it’s also a double-edged sword. We’ll have to adjust and clearly if they’re all part of the squad, that will make it difficult during these winter months. “



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