Could Louis Lynagh be an option for England?

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Michael Lynagh, the former Australia fly-half and father of Harlequins try-scoring sensation Louis Lynagh, has hit out at the Rugby Football Union by claiming that his son has never been contacted about playing for England.

Lynagh scored in the semi-final win over Bristol Bears and twice in last weekend’s Premiership final, as Harlequins defeated Exeter Chiefs to win their first league title in nine years. Lynagh finished the season with six tries in 11 appearances, having only made his first start on December 26.

The 20-year-old wing moved to England when he was five years old and has played age-grade rugby for England Under-16s, 18s and 19s. Lynagh also qualifies for Australia and Italy through his parents, with Lynagh senior revealing that representatives from both Australia and Italy have been in touch regarding his son’s availability to play Test rugby in the past two weeks.

"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," Lynagh wrote on Twitter, before revealing the RFU’s director of performance rugby, Conor O’Shea, once tried to get the younger Lynagh to commit to play for Italy when the winger was 17 years old.

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

"Strange, given that the now head of rugby @rfu once flew from Italy to ask a 17 year old to commit to Italy," Lynagh added, before expanding in a reply to another user on Twitter that it was the lack of even an enquiry which had caused his frustration:

It is not about being selected or not. The issue is that nobody from the RFU has spoke to him. He has played England U/16,18 &19, he lives 1 mile from Twickenham, he plays for Quins – yet nobody has even had a chat with him. How many other young kids are I the same boat??? https://t.co/OULYon2Ebz

— Michael Lynagh (@LynaghMichael) June 28, 2021

Meanwhile Harlequins are set to confirm this week the appointment of Tabai Matson as their new head coach.

The news of Matson’s appointment was revealed on Sky Sport television in New Zealand on Monday., Harlequins said in the build-up to last week’s Premiership final that an announcement regarding a new head would come in the middle of this week.

Harlequins have been without a head coach since Paul Gustard’s departure as head of rugby in January this year, after winning two of their first six matches of the season.