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Brumbies bring in Sunwolves lock to help cope with loss of half-centurion

Ben Hyne. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The Brumbies have announced that versatile forward Ben Hyne has returned for a second stint in Canberra.

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Hyne made his Super Rugby debut for the Brumbies back in 2016 with serious injuries resulting in him playing five matches for the club before departing at the end of 2019.

The 25-year-old joined the Sunwolves before the COVID-19 pandemic and has returned to the Brumbies after it was announced the Japanese-based team were unable to compete in the new Super Rugby AU competition due to international travel restrictions.

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Cory Jane talks through the first couple of weeks at training in preparation for the new 5 team NZ based Super Rugby competition.

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Cory Jane talks through the first couple of weeks at training in preparation for the new 5 team NZ based Super Rugby competition.

Hyne’s return comes after lock Cadeyrn Neville had ankle surgery during the shutdown period, which will keep him sidelined for the start of the revamped competition, with Hyne’s versatility as in the second row or as a loose forward, a valuable asset to the team.

Plus500 Brumbies coach Dan McKellar said: “We’re super excited to have Ben back at the Plus500 Brumbies.”

“He’s a really well-liked and respected member of the group and was playing some really great footy for the Sunwolves before the competition was suspended.

“Unfortunately Cadeyrn will miss the start of the new competition but we’re confident Hyney will be able to help fill the role.

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“Ben’s had to deal with a number of serious injuries early on in his career but the resilience he’s shown is something we value at the Brumbies and we’re looking forward to having him contribute once again to our team.”

– Brumbies Rugby

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Shaylen 9 hours ago
Brumbies the best team in Australia but still nothing to show for it

The Brumbies have been the strongest side in Australia for a long time and that was down to their forwards and set piece which has always been good and has always been able to dominate their Australian counterparts. This year the lack of maul tries and also the lack of a stable scrum has been a real problem which was also something Nick alluded to in his article this week about the creaking brumbies tight five. Home advantage is key as you say and the Brumbies must find a way to score more bonus points. If the Brumbies are really serious about winning a title they need to do what Kiwi sides at the top do. They need to smash every Aus side with a bonus point at home while claiming losing bonus points in every game they lose and denying their rivals bonus points. In their 3 losses in NZ this year they were smashed. They only scored 60 tries which is middle of the road, their scrum came in at 73% which was one of the worst in the comp, tackle success at just 83% which was right at the bottom and in terms of metres, clean breaks, carries, offloads and rucks built they were in the middle plus they had the most yellows. They basically were just not dominant enough wile they can improve their discipline. They excelled at kicking and won plenty of lineout ball plus their rucks were secure at 97%. Not sure about turnovers but they weren’t bad there. They just need to be more clinical and give away less and they will give themselves the best chance to win the title.

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