Lynagh says England selection is 'surreal'

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Louis Lynagh, the son of Wallabies' rugby legend Michael Lynagh, is determined to make the most of his chance after his "surreal" selection in England's expanded Test squad.

The 20-year-old wing flyer - such an in-demand talent that England's rugby chiefs evidently felt they better act quick before Australia or Italy made a play for his international services - says it feels "cool" to have been invited by Eddie Jones for next month's 45-strong training camp squad.

"It feels really good," Lynagh told Harlequins club website after getting an early morning call on Tuesday to inform him about his selection.

"I got a phone call when I'd just woken up; it felt pretty cool but quite surreal.

"I told my dad and the rest of the family about it and it's pretty cool just to have this chance to improve and develop my game along these guys I've been watching for years."

The nod puts Lynagh in the frame to face the Wallabies on November's Spring Tour.

But there is an even juicier subplot after younger brother Tom, a five-eighth like his father, declared just this month his dream was to play for the Wallabies after signing with the Queensland Reds.

While there has been plenty of external debate, Italian-born Louis Lynagh, who's lived in England since he was five, said allegiance was not something the family had much discussed.

"I'm lucky enough to have three countries that I can support... When Australia and England played each other, I was just watching the rugby to see what I could do better," he said.

He knows there is still a way to go before he earns a Test cap, let alone against Australia and a Wallabies team featuring his little brother at that.

"If I don't play well for Quins, (the Autumn Internationals) won't even be an option, but we'll see when the time comes," he said.

The siblings get on well and there was no doubt more banter when Louis' double against Newcastle at the weekend helped kick off champions Harlequins' Premiership season with a win.

It took his Premiership tally to eight tries in just 13 matches, demonstrating the same sort of talent and strength that Australian Jones reckoned he'd once seen in the back's World Cup-winning father.

"Ever since I was a schoolboy I've had a target on my back," Louis Lynagh said.

"People say, 'Oh, that's so-and-so's son', they expect things. If I don't score two tries and run the length of the field they call me a bad player.

"Ever since then I've been trying to overcome those odds."

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