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Lynagh showing 'positive signs'

FORMER Australia captain and World Cup winner Michael Lynagh is showing positive signs but remains in a critical condition in a Brisbane hospital after suffering a stroke, his doctor said this morning.

The 48-year-old former flyhalf has been in hospital since Monday after suffering problems with his vision, co-ordination and balance.

"This significant stroke is a rare event for someone of Michael's age," neurologist Rob Henderson said. "The next few days are critical, but current signs are positive," Henderson said of the former Queensland Red.

Lynagh, who played in 72 tests for the Wallabies, retired from international rugby in 1995 and moved to England, where he resides.

Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill said he had been inundated with calls asking about Lynagh's condition.

Lynagh's father, Ian, was grateful for the support.

"It's reassuring there are so many who care," he said.