Epsom College fly half Tom Lynagh has signed a deal with the Queensland Reds in Australia until 2023.
Lynagh will link up with the former club of his father Michael, the former Wallaby legend, on a two and a half year deal following the conclusion of the school year in England.
Lynagh, 17, was named in an England U18 training squad earlier this season, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Louis, who played for England U18 and is currently playing senior rugby for Harlequins, with whom Tom is currently in the Academy.
Tom is qualified for Australia through his father, for Italy through birth and through his mother, and for England through residency, having grown up there, but the move to Queensland suggests that Australian Rugby certainly have him in their long term thoughts.
Speaking on the Queensland Reds official website, the Reds’ General Manager of Professional Rugby, Sam Cordingley, said: “We are excited to welcome Tom to Queensland next year. Tom is a very astute five-eighth…Tom has genuine x-factor with ball in hand which is supported by his point of difference in speed and acceleration. His kicking game is also impressive both out of hand and at goal. As a developing talent Tom is held in the highest regard internationally, given he qualifies for multiple nations. We are really pleased that he has committed to the Reds and Australian Rugby.”
Reds Head Coach Brad Thorn, the former All Black, 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. 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.”
Lynagh himself meanwhile said: “I am very excited about joining the Reds next year. I have been watching the team develop over the past few seasons from here in the U.K. There are some really exciting young players playing a good style of rugby. I am very grateful to Queensland Reds as it is a wonderful opportunity for me to develop as a rugby player and a person. It will be great to meet all the other squad members, coaches, and all those involved in the Reds community.
Over the course of his time at Epsom College, Lynagh has been a part of their sides that reached the Champions Trophy semi finals and won multiple 7s titles, including last year’s Edwin Doran Surrey Schools Senior 7s, along with representing Harlequins U18 and being a part of the England U18 set up.
Should school rugby be able to take place in some from after the Christmas break, Lynagh and Epsom College will undoubtedly be among the key players and schools to keep an eye on in what will be a short and sharp burst of fixtures, bursting with excitement.