Michael Lynagh out of intensive care - Horan
April 22, 2012
Michael Lynagh was a key member of the Australia side that lifted the 1991 Rugby World Cup crown © PA Photos
Tim Horan has revealed that his former Wallabies team-mate Michael Lynagh is now out of intensive care having suffered a stroke earlier this week.
The 48-year-old Lynagh was admitted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital on Monday evening after complaining of blurred vision and headaches following a long-haul flight from London, where he now lives, to Brisbane. It was later confirmed by medics that he had suffered a stroke that had "affected his vision, coordination and balance" with the following few days termed as "critical".
Horan, who played alongside Lynagh in the 1991 Rugby World Cup-winning Australia side, was among the first of a host of leading names to offer their well wishes to Lynagh and his family and reported to his Twitter followers on Sunday the good news that his friend had been moved out of the intensive care unit.
"Michael Lynagh is now out of ICU today," he wrote. "Early days of rehab. Had a shave today. #GETWELLNODDY"
Nicknamed 'Noddy', Lynagh won 72 Test caps and retired from international rugby in 1995 as the world record points scorer with 911, a total which remains an Australian record. An inspirational playmaker, who also won 100 caps for Queensland, Lynagh made his Test debut in 1984 and he was part of Australia's Grand Slam-winning team later that year.
Lynagh, who also enjoyed spells with Saracens in England and Benetton Treviso in Italy, is a regular face on UK television as an analyst for Sky Sports.
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