Blindsided

By Mark Eglinton

Former Australian rugby union legend and international Cup winner, now acclaimed tv activities pundit, on his glittering profession within the online game – and the way shut he got here to wasting his life.

Few avid gamers within the historical past of the sport have had as illustrious a occupation as Wallaby fly-half and captain Michael Lynagh.

In an period while Australia took the rugby international through typhoon with their glittering array of mercurial expertise, in leader orchestrator and brave captain Lynagh that they had a pivotal determine at fly-half who formed their form of play and whilst performed a tremendous ambassadorial function on this planet game.

Yet quickly ahead to that April day in 2012, as Lynagh lay partly blinded in in depth care on the Royal Brisbane health facility, his existence striking by way of a thread following an incredible stroke, his spouse and 3 younger boys at the different facet of the realm. The day that outlined the remainder of his lifestyles. within the ready room earlier than seeing his bothered son, Lynagh’s father, informed in activities medication, observes the medical professionals reviewing a patient’s mind test. ‘That negative guy’s in a little bit trouble,’ says Lynagh Snr to his spouse. It seems to be their son’s test that they're witnessing.

Lynagh’s tale is one among coruscating highs and crippling lows. It’s the non-public story of a sportsman taking part in to the extremes of his career, but additionally a human story of surviving debilitating trauma and discovering a brand new intending to life.

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