*updated April 20, 2012, 3:45pm
Former Queensland Reds and Wallabies captain Michael Lynagh was hospitalised in Brisbane after suffering a stroke “significant” for someone his age according to the hospital where he is being treated.
“The next few days are critical because of swelling in the region of the brainstem, but current signs are positive,” said Dr Rob Henderson, Neurologist at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.
Michael’s dad Ian who has been by the Wallaby legend’s bedside thanked people for their well wishes.
“On behalf of Michael, I would like to thank the public and his friends for their well wishes and the overwhelming support for Michael. It has been a difficult few days and it is reassuring to know that there are so many people who care.”
“The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital staff continue to do an excellent job and we know he is in the very best of hands.”
The hospital confirmed Michael, 48, suffered a cerebellar and occipital lobe stroke, which has affected his vision, co-ordination and balance.
The occipital lobes are positioned at the back of the brain and are the main centres for visual processing.
One of the best flyhalfs in the game, Lynagh set many rugby records in his illustrious 72-Test career for Australia and Queensland.
For Australia, Lynagh set records for individual Test match points (911), conversions (140) and penalty goals (177) as well as most Tests as a half-back combination with Nick Farr-Jones (47).
For Queensland, Lynagh scored 1166 points with 24 tries, 193 conversions, 205 penalty goals and 23 field goals in exactly 100 games.
The Lynagh family has requested their privacy be respected at this time.
The thoughts of the entire rugby community are with Michael and his family.