His dad was one of Australia’s greatest Wallabies, and now new Queensland Reds signing Tom Lynagh wants to also don the gold jersey.
He was born in Italy and raised in England, but Tom Lynagh wants to be a Wallaby just like his famous father Michael.
The 17-year-old flyhalf is already following in the footsteps of his dad by joining the Queensland Reds.
“I’ve always dreamt about playing for Australia,” Tom said at Ballymore on Wednesday after he and Michael completed their two weeks of hotel quarantine after arriving from the UK.
“I might not get the opportunity, but it’s just about the dream.
“The Queensland Reds seemed liked a good place to come and help me reach that.
“I felt like it was the right move. I like the brand of rugby that’s played down here.
“I felt like it was my style of play – very attacking and good to watch.
“I’ve always watched Australian rugby and just supported it, ever since I can remember.”
Proud father and 1991 World Cup-winning flyhalf Michael said Tom – who had been with London club Harlequins in England’s academy system – had made a “bold” move to Queensland.
“We’re pleased that Tom’s made this huge decision, although it’s a bit of a stretch for us being on the other side of the world,” the Queensland legend said.
“Hopefully he’ll feel comfortable here and find his way, and make his own stories.
“It was a pretty bold decision by Tom to leave the comfort of where he was to say ‘that’s what I want do’.
“Luckily the Reds were able to facilitate that and give him the opportunity to do that.
He knows that he’s done nothing so far so he knows that it’s up to him.”
While Tom’s older brother Louis made the decision to stay with Harlequins, the family remains very much “Australian-centric”, according to their father.
“My wife’s Italian, and Tom was born in Italy, but lived all his life in England, but as a family we’re Italian-Australians first – not in that order,” Michael said.
“I was very proud of him (Tom) to make such a big decision rather than following in his brother’s footsteps.
“Tom’s timing’s pretty good. (Rugby) seems to be very much on the up here. Bring back some of the glory days.”