Upper Sixth student, Tom Lynagh (F), is set to follow in the footsteps of his father Michael at the Queensland Reds, joining the side in August next year on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
The Queensland Reds is the rugby union team for the Australian state of Queensland that competes in the Southern Hemisphere’s Super Rugby competition.
All-round sportsman Tom represents Epsom’s 1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Football and 1st XI Cricket teams as well as playing within the Harlequins and England Academy system where he continues to impress on the field.
“We are delighted for Tom and extremely proud of this achievement. We wish him all the best as he ventures into the world of professional rugby and look forward to closely following his progress over the next few years.”
Mr Paul Burke, Director of Rugby, Epsom College
Reds General Manager of Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “We are excited to welcome Tom to Queensland next year. Like his father, Tom is a very astute five-eighth, but he has certainly created his own path.
“Tom has genuine x-factor with ball in hand which is supported by his point of difference in speed and acceleration. His kicking game is also impressive both out of hand and at goal. As a developing talent Tom is held in the highest regard internationally given he qualifies for multiple nations. We are really pleased that he has committed to the Reds and Australian Rugby.”
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’ll be great to have Tom as part of our program next year. He will get a chance to develop alongside players such as James O’Connor. With Tom coming in and Taj Annan from BBC committing through 2023 also, we are in a good place.”
Tom said: “I am very excited about joining the Reds next year. I have been watching the team develop over the past few seasons form here in the UK. There are some exciting young players playing a good style of rugby. I am very grateful to the Queensland Reds as it is a wonderful opportunity for me to develop as a rugby player and a person. It will be great to meet all the other squad members, coaches and all those involved in the Reds community.”