Former England winger set for shock Six Nations debut after swapping nations - Ruck

Former England winger set for shock Six Nations debut after swapping nations

Harlequins’ rising star Louis Lynagh is poised to don the blue of Italy in the upcoming Six Nations clash against France, potentially marking his international debut.

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Benetton Rugby recently announced the acquisition of the lightning-fast winger, who is the son of legendary Australia fly-half Michael Lynagh, securing his talents for the next two years with an option to extend the contract until 2027.

Lynagh, who was born in Treviso, is set to make a swift transition to the Italian side in the United Rugby Championship signals his intent to represent Italy on the international stage.

Reports from Italy suggest that his dream could materialise sooner than anticipated, with murmurs of his inclusion in Gonzalo Quesada’s Six Nations squad. Confirmation of his selection is expected imminently.

Louis Lynagh (Harlequins, uncapped) during England Rugby training session at The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington, London on 28 Sept 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

The Azzurri are gearing up to take on France in a thrilling showdown at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille. Despite previously being in contention for the England squad under Eddie Jones, Lynagh remained uncapped for the Red Rose and has since been overlooked by Steve Borthwick.

Now, with the prospect of wearing the Italian jersey on the horizon, Lynagh stands poised to make his mark in international rugby.

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