Wallabies legend Michael Lynagh has questioned why the English RFU have not made contact with his son Louis after his performance in the Gallagher Premiership final.
The younger Lynagh scored two tries for Harlequins in the final 10 minutes of the Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs, which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides at Twickenham Stadium.
However, Lynagh missed out on Eddie Jones’ 37-man England squad for next month’s tests against the USA and Canada, which includes 23 uncapped players.
Eddie Jones has named his squad for our summer series of fixtures 🌹
First up is the USA this Sunday followed by Canada on 10 July at @Twickenhamstad 🏟️
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) June 28, 2021
Louis Lynagh’s triple international eligibility.
Lynagh is just 20 years old and still has plenty of time to earn an international call-up, but it wasn’t missing out on the squad that irked his father Michael.
The youngster is qualified for England through residency, Italy through birth and Australia through his father Michael, but is yet to declare his international allegiance.
The former Australia fly-half aired his grievances on Twitter, explaining that his son has been contacted by both the Australian and Italian rugby unions, but never by England, despite living less than a mile from their headquarters.
Qualified for Eng,Aust & Italy. Italy & Australia have contacted him within the last fortnight.The @RFU @EnglandRugby have NEVER spoken to him about his intentions and goals.Strange,given that the now head of rugby @rfu once flew from Italy to ask a 17 year old to commit to Italy https://t.co/tesetwQ6ZF
— Michael Lynagh (@LynaghMichael) June 28, 2021
‘The issue is that nobody from the RFU has spoken to him.’
“Qualified for England, Australia and Italy. Italy and Australia have contacted him within the last fortnight.The English RFU have never spoken to him about his intentions and goals,” Lynagh tweeted.
“Strange, given that the now head of rugby at the English RFU once flew from Italy to ask a 17-year-old to commit to Italy.
“It is not about being selected or not. The issue is that nobody from the RFU has spoken to him. He has played for England under-16, under-18 and under-19, he lives one mile from Twickenham, he plays for Quins – yet nobody has even had a chat with him. How many other young kids are in the same boat?”
While the elder Lynagh did not indicate that his son would rather play for England than either Australia or Italy, he did question why the RFU weren’t attempting to ‘encourage and nurture’ young players with international aspirations.
Despite missing out on international selection this summer, the young Harlequins winger can be pleased with a break through season with the south west London club.