Louis Lynagh: “I’ve always wanted to make my dad proud" (Image: Getty Images)
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Michael Lynagh returns to the scene of his World Cup triumph hoping his son can bring home another piece of Twickenham silverware.
Lynagh jnr was not born when his dad kicked Australia to World Cup final glory at HQ against England 30 years ago.
But tomorrow, on the same pitch, he will be centre of attention when the family assemble in the hope of seeing Harlequins crowned English champions.
“I've always wanted to make my dad proud,” said Louis, 20. “It’s what I've been trying to do since I started playing when I was four. It’s going to be a special weekend.”
Lynagh snr is already proud as punch, having sat open mouthed as Quins came from 28-0 down to win their semi-final at Bristol.
“I’ve been watching rugby for a very long time,” said the legendary Wallabies fly-half. “I’ve never seen anything like that. Louis did really well.”
Michael Lynagh the year he helped Australia beat England in World Cup final at Twickenham
Anyone who knows the family will tell you they are not the kind to shout the odds and Michael is “wary” about saying anything that could put more pressure on his son.
“What I will say is that at no stage did we ever throw Louis, or his brother Tom, down the rugby route," he added.
“All we did as parents was give the boys opportunities. 'You want to swim, okay we’ll swim. Chess, really? Okay, we’ll spend five hours on a Saturday at a chess tournament'.
Louis Lynagh celebrates Quins' stunning Premiership semi-final win over Bristol at Ashton Gate
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“Actually I always joked that I’d rather see him in the top 50 of the tennis or golf world rankings rather than playing rugby.
“In those sports there is no-one trying to beat you up, if it rains you go inside – and you make enough money to look after your parents in their old age!”
Louis’ only experience of Twickenham might be for Richmond Minis when he scored two tries against Wasps during a manic half-time runaround.
Michael Lynagh has long been a highly respected TV pundit
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But he proved himself ready for the challenge of facing champions Exeter with the quality of his try-scoring performance at Ashton Gate.
“Comparisons (with dad) were a thing growing up and throughout school rugby, but now I'd like to think I'm making my own path,” he said.
“Obviously I'll always have that connection and I'm always thankful for that, not only for his help but the opportunities I've had to meet certain people and gather information about playing rugby.
“But I think especially this season I've shown I can pull my own weight and hopefully make more strides to bring my own name to the forefront instead of just being referred to as my dad's son.”