Former Wallabies great Michael Lynagh has been admitted to a Brisbane hospital after suffering a stroke.

The Courier Mail has reported that Lynagh, 48, was taken to the hospital with blood clots on the brain.

He was visiting his home town in Brisbane when he apparently fell ill and was admitted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Lynagh is regarded as one of the all time Australian rugby union greats, racking up 72 caps for Australia in the 1980s and 1990s as well as having a distinguished state career for Queensland.

Firstly as a centre he was a part of Australia's famous Grand Slam win in 1984 before he moved to pivot after the retirement of Mark Ella.

He was instrumental in the Wallabies' 1991 World Cup win, scoring a try in the dying minutes when his side was down against hosts Ireland.

Australia went on to beat New Zealand and then England in the final to claim their first World Cup.

Lynagh captained the Wallabies from 1993 to 1995 and was the world point scoring record holder when he retired with 911 points.

He went on to play for Saracens in England and has had a successful career as a marketing director.

NZ Newswire

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