Lynagh: I'm half blind

FORMER World Cup winner Michael Lynagh may never regain full vision after suffering a significant stroke two weeks ago, but doctors remain amazed at the speed of the Australian's recovery after his near-death experience.

The former Wallaby captain and winner of the Webb Ellis Trophy in 1991 was emotional as he spoke outside the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital today, telling reporters he was still struggling to cope with the loss of 45pc of his sight in his left eye.

"I understand how lucky I am," said Lynagh, who played in 72 Tests for the Wallabies.

Lynagh (48) was admitted to hospital on April 16 after suffering problems with his vision, coordination and balance.

A split wall in an artery in the back of the Australian's neck caused the stroke, his doctor Rob Henderson said.

Henderson said it was very rare for someone of Lynagh's health and age to suffer such a stroke, but added there was no evidence his rugby career had been a factor.

"As Rob said to me, 'You haven't just dodged a bullet; you've dodged a cannonball'," Lynagh added.

The Aussie, who lives in London, will continue therapy in Brisbane for the next three weeks.