Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Michael Lynch Who knew that Costa Rica had topped an alternative economics foundation's poll as the happiest place to live in the world twice in the past five years?
Michael Lynch The Socceroos will make several big changes to its line-up against Spain in Cuntiba on Monday.
Michael Lynch Sharks get four-week Anzac odyssey off to a winning start,downing spirited Melbourne Rebels.
Michael Lynch Sometimes you get games where an early score sets the tone for the match and the contest delivers a free-flowing shootout with both teams going hammer and tongs on the field and on the scoreboard.
Michael Lynch Scott Higginbotham knows what it takes to win a Super Rugby premiership.
Michael Lynch Scott Higginbotham knows what it takes to win a Super Rugby premiership, having done so with the Queensland Reds, so the Wallaby back-rower's move to sign a contract extension with the Melbourne...
Michael Lynch Spirited second-half fightback by Melbourne Rebels just falls short with 39-33 loss to Chiefs.
Michael Lynch A spirited second half fightback by the Melbourne Rebels, illuminated by a tremendous individual Kurtley Beale try, just fell short as the Victorian side went down 39-33 in a thrilling Super Rugby...
Michael Lynch IN ALL sport it's the contrast in styles that makes the contest, particularly when the differences between two key players in the opposing teams are so evident.
MICHAEL LYNCH With his mop of curly fair hair and his thick russett coloured beard Scott Higginbotham resembled a rampaging Viking as he filled the front cover of the Melbourne Rebel's match programme for the...
Michael Lynch It's rare for a current Wallaby to be on display in Victoria in anything other than the Super 15 competition.
Michael Lynch Fairytales, sadly, only happen regularly in children's books.
Michael Lynch It was hard to detect a groundswell of excitement for the visit of European Rugby champions Wales.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Rebels pull off one of the biggest upsets of the season, defeating the Crusaders.
Michael Lynch THE Rebels were rated at nearly 6-1 outsiders before they kicked off against the pretty-in-pink Bulls at AAMI Park last night — generous odds in a two-horse race, but a measure of the expected...
Michael Lynch The Rebels were rated at nearly 6-1 outsiders before they kicked off against the Bulls.
Michael Lynch In many cultures and religious traditions three is the magical number, denoting unity.
Michael Lynch and Stathi Paxinos Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Rebels also severe their links with EnergyWatch.
Michael Lynch Coach pronounces himself satisfied with the improvement shown by his side in Saturday night's 31-21 loss to the Auckland Blues.
Michael Lynch We all know trial matches aren't that important, but they still serve a purpose.