Australia legend Michael Lynagh released from hospital after stroke

Michael Lynagh in action for Saracens

Former Australia and Saracens fly-half Michael Lynagh has been released from hospital in Brisbane after being treated for a stroke.

Lynagh, who won 72 caps for the Wallabies before retiring in 1995, was admitted after falling ill last month.

"A long way to go, but a big step in the right direction," Lynagh tweeted on Tuesday.external-link

"I would like to thank all the staff at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. They were fantastic and are real heroes."

Lynagh was vice-captain of the Wallabies side who defeated England in the 1991 World Cup final at Twickenham.

The 48-year-old captained Australia to the quarter-finals of the 1995 World Cup, then quit international rugby to join Saracens at the start of the professional era.

Lynagh spent two years with Saracens, captaining them to a 48-18 victory over Wasps in the final of the 1998 Tetley Bitter Cup, and is a member of the club's hall of fame.

His tally of 911 points remains an Australia record.