Former Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi to make long-awaited return with the Sharks

David Skippers
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Aphiwe Dyantyi during the Springboks Training on the 01 July 2019 Loftus Versfeld Stadium Pic

The Sharks have bolstered their backline stocks by signing former Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi, who will join the Durban-based outfit after serving a four-year doping suspension.

The 28-year-old has been sidelined from rugby since 2019 after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances in August of that year.

Dyantyi was suspended from all rugby in December 2019 after he failed to prove that he had inadvertently ingested the performance-enhancing substances methandienone, methyltestosterone and LGD-4033.

The former Lions flyer failed a doping test during a Springbok training camp shortly before their triumphant 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan.

After shining for the Lions in the Currie Cup and Super Rugby, Dyantyi was called up to the Bok team.

Made his Test debut in 2018

He made his Test debut for South Africa against England in Johannesburg 2018 and represented them in 13 Tests during that year, scoring six tries.

His impressive form was rewarded when he was named as World Rugby’s Breakthrough Player of the year in 2018.

Dyantyi, who will become eligible to play for the Sharks later this year when his suspension ends, is looking forward to his return to action.

“More than anything, I’m just excited to be back,” he said. “I just trust that everyone is as excited as I am to see what I can do. I only promise to give my best to the jersey.

“I’ve been in Durban for quite some time now and I’ve seen what the Sharks mean to the people.

“I just wanted to contribute to that, and I have seen the pride that the people have, and I would like to honour that in all that I do, and the fans to see that reflected in what I do on the field.”

Dyantyi is currently still under suspension and will only be eligible for selection from August 12.

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