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Lynagh in hospital following stroke

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Glory days ... Michael Lynagh (left) and and Nick Farr-Jones share a laugh during the 1991 tickertape parade after winning the World Cup.

Glory days ... Michael Lynagh (left) and and Nick Farr-Jones share a laugh during the 1991 tickertape parade after winning the World Cup. Photo: Wayne Venables

Former Wallaby Michael Lynagh is conscious and talking, but remains in intensive care at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital after suffering a stroke yesterday.

The Australian rugby community was in shock last night and Twitter went viral after learning that the 1991 World Cup-winning five-eighth had collapsed and was taken to hospital.

He is a wonderful human being. He has always been extremely healthy and this has come out of left field.  

Hospital staff did not release any details last night because his family had asked for privacy, but it is understood Lynagh is undergoing extensive tests.

Collapsed ... former Wallaby skipper Michael Lynagh is in intensive care.

Collapsed ... former Wallaby skipper Michael Lynagh is in intensive care.

Former Wallaby captain Andrew Slack said doctors were still assessing his 48-year-old former teammate.

"Clearly he's got some physical issues from it, blurred vision and stuff but I'm led to believe he got up and went to the toilet at one stage," he said.

"So there's not a lot known but he's stayed very fit since retiring some years ago and I think it's a bolt out of the blue, there's no question about that."

Slack told ABC radio Lynagh, who had flown to Brisbane from London last weekend, was taken to hospital after complaining of feeling dizzy on Monday night.

''He lives in the UK now and he's back here to visit his family and just felt unwell on Monday night and ended up in hospital [with what] I think initially was diagnosed a stroke-type event but the doctors are still trying to work out exactly what happened.''

The health scare prompted an outpouring of concern.

''There is a huge concern across the Australian rugby community, especially among the players of Michael's era, for his wellbeing,'' former Wallabies teammate Simon Poidevin told the Herald.

''He is a wonderful human being. He has always been extremely healthy and this has come out of left field. Clearly there are a huge number of people … who offer their hopes and prayers to him and especially his wife and children at this time.''

It is believed early complications resulting from the stroke include a total loss of vision in his left eye. On a positive note, it is understood Lynagh may avoid any serious paralysis.

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