Brumbies back-row Ben Hyne has signed a new one-year contract to remain with the Canberra club for the duration of the 2019 Super Rugby season.
Following a truncated 2018 campaign, in which an early season injury curtailed his involvement in the club’s Super Rugby campaign, Hyne recovered to play for the Tuggeranong Vikings in the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup and is expected to be a part of the Canberra Vikings squad for the National Rugby Championship.
Hyne, who is also capable of playing at lock, made his Super Rugby debut for the Brumbies in 2016 against the Reds in Canberra, becoming Brumby number 185, and has since gone on to make five appearances.
“I am very happy to have re-signed with the club,” Hyne told the Brumbies’ official website.
“The last 12 months recovering from knee surgery has been frustrating but thanks to the professionalism of the Brumbies support staff and a lot of hard work I am ready to go.
“The Brumbies are building a strong squad for 2019 and I will be making the most of every opportunity between now then to press my claims for a position in the team.”
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar was enthused about the prospect of the bustling backrower returning to the paddock to bolster the club’s stocks in both that area, and the second row.
“The most impressive thing about Ben is how he has handled and dealt with the adversity of a serious injury,” McKellar said when looking back on 2018.
“He has worked extremely hard to get back to full fitness and has stayed engaged with the playing group, contributing to meetings and watching vision. He hasn’t dwelt on the injury and that says a lot about his character.
“Ben was in great form last year and was named man of the match in the first three or four NRC fixtures. He is tough and is a very good defensive player. He’s smart in attack, has good skills and runs good lines and he is excellent in the line-out both in attack and defence.
“We are hopeful that the injuries are behind him and that he can forge ahead with his career as he has the potential to play Super Rugby week in and week out.”