The Brumbies have signed Sunwovles loose forward Ben Hyne for Super Rugby AU after it was revealed the Japan-based franchise would not be participating in the domestic competition.
Hyne made his Super Rugby debut with the Brumbies in 2016, but serious injuries resulted in the 25-year-old forward playing just five games for the club before departing in 2019.
The forward joined the Sunwolves for the 2020 season, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic halting the remainder of the season, Hyne will return to the Brumbies.
Hyne is expected to replace Cadeyrn Neville, who had ankle surgery during the shutdown period, which will keep him sidelined for the start of the revamped competition.
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar was excited to have Hyne back in Canberra.
"We're super excited to have Ben back at the 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.
"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."
Super Rugby AU is expected to kick-off on July 18 with all four Super Rugby sides as well as the Western Force to play out a 12 week, home and away season.