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The Brumbies have included their newly-signed lock Ben Hyne for their two match Super Rugby tour of South Africa which starts in Cape Town with a match against the Stormers.

The twenty-two-year-old former carpenter took part in the Brumbies pre-season training in Canberra and played in the opening trial match of 2016 against the NSW Waratahs in February (Wagga Wagga) and his performance was impressive from the bench.

“Ben has been training with us since pre-season began back in November and we’re really happy with his development,” Larkham said.

“He’s a talented player who has learnt a lot from the other forwards in our squad and will gain a lot from the trip to Africa.”

Hyne, who will play for Tuggeranong in the 2016 John I Dent Cup, first impressed Brumbies Coaching Staff when he represented eventual champions Brisbane City in the 2015 National Rugby Championship. He scored a try in City’s NRC win over the UC Vikings at Viking Park and went on to gain selection in the Australian Barbarians side that toured New Zealand in November.

The Rockhampton-product represented Queensland Country’s U17 side in 2011 before he moved to Brisbane to play club rugby for Brothers. He joins the Brumbies in South Africa as Ita Vaea continues his recovery from a serious finger injury suffered in the round two win over the NSW Waratahs at GIO Stadium.

Hyne will be joined by Ruan Smith, James Dargaville and Michael Wells on the flight to South Africa before linking up with the Brumbies squad in Cape Town ahead of the matches against the Stormers (19 March) and Cheetahs (27 March).

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