Lynagh 'needs to work' on Aussie accent

Louis Lynagh, son of Wallaby great Michael, has been called up for England.
Louis Lynagh, son of Wallaby great Michael, has been called up for England.

He was born in Italy, is the son of one of Australia's greatest rugby players, and is now set to play on the international stage for England.

Louis Lynagh was one of eight uncapped players called up to an enlarged training squad by England on Tuesday ahead of the team's November test matches against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.

Lynagh is a 20-year-old winger whose father is Michael Lynagh, a brilliant fly-half for Australia who was a Rugby World Cup winner in 1991 and has been living in England since 1996.

Louis Lynagh has come through the English rugby system to play for Harlequins, for whom he scored two tries in the Premiership final against Exeter in June to help his club become English champion.

He also impressed Jones - who has Australian and Japanese parents - by scoring two tries for Harlequins in its opening game of this season last weekend.

"I rang him up yesterday and said, 'Mate, you don't sound like an Australian!"' Jones said, laughing. "He said, 'I know, I have to work on my Australian accent a bit!'

"I played against his father - his father was obviously a brilliant player - and he has got some of those characteristics. He has that strength around his hips to drive through tacklers. It's a good opportunity for him."

Louis Lynagh, who is also eligible to play for Italy though his mother, will be part of a three-day, 45-man training camp that gathers in southwest London from Sunday.

Australian Associated Press