Owen signs four-week deal to prop up injury-hit Rebels
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Owen signs four-week deal to prop up injury-hit Rebels

The ACT Brumbies gave the all clear for prop Jono Owen to join the Melbourne Rebels after deciding he did not ''fit into our culture'', coach Jake White said.

Owen will not suit up for the Rebels at Canberra Stadium tonight, but he will soon move to Melbourne to begin a four-week contract.

Player Jono Owen attends Brumbies Membership launch at Hoyts, Woden.

Player Jono Owen attends Brumbies Membership launch at Hoyts, Woden.Credit:Graham Tidy

The move comes just six games into his two-year contract with the Brumbies.

But with five other front-rowers in the ACT squad, Owen was keen to chase more game time with the Rebels.

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''I just don't think Jono fits into our culture and rather than have him and never playing him, it makes sense for him to take this opportunity, it's a win-win situation,'' White said.

''The bottom line is we've got [prop] Scott Sio here and I think he is the future of the Brumbies.''

The Brumbies will still have plenty of props in Ben Alexander, Dan Palmer, Ruaidhri Murphy, Jerry Yanuyanutawa and Sio. Injuries have hit the Rebels front-rowers and Owen has signed the four-week deal to try to prove himself in Super Rugby.

Owen said the opportunity for more game time was too good to pass up.

''The Brumbies have got me in the best shape in my life and I thank them for that,'' Owen said. ''But unfortunately I wasn't in the plans for Jake [White] … this is an exciting chance to go somewhere there's a chance to play rugby.'' Chris Dutton