Hyne hanging around in Canberra

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Brumbies backrower Ben Hyne will be back in Canberra in 2019, signing a one year extension with ACT.

Hyne has not featured for the Brumbies in 2018 after an injury riddled year but will feature for the Vikings in the upcoming NRC season, as he strives to add to the five Super Rugby caps next to his name.

"I am very happy to have re-signed with the club," Hyne said.

"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 coach Dan McKellar made note of Hyne's approach to rehab this year, refusing to dwell on persistent setbacks while recovering from knee surgery.Hyne is hopeful of adding to his five Super Rugby caps. Photo: Getty Images"The most impressive thing about Ben is how he has handled and dealt with the adversity of a serious injury," McKellar said.

"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."