Lucrative offers tabled for Hacjivah Dayimani after Springboks snub – report

Dylan Coetzee
Hacjivah Dayimani on the charge for the Stormers against the Sharks.

Hacjivah Dayimani on the charge for the Stormers against the Sharks.

Red-hot Stormers loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani may soon be leaving Cape Town, with reports suggesting lucrative offers have been made from France and Japan.

Dayimani has been one of the form South African players in the United Rugby Championship and Champions Cup this season, so much so that his sparkling performances at number eight during Evan Roos’s injury absence forced head coach John Dobson to select the Springbok at flank.

The Stormers back-row’s displays have been filled with electric running, particularly in the tramlines, although he has made an effort to appear down the middle of the park where possible.

His form gathered a lot of calls for his inclusion in the Springboks set-up, with his sheer pace for a forward offering unique versatility. However, it was not to be as he was left out of Dr Rassie Erasmus’ first alignment camp, which is reportedly a big factor in the star being open to a move, according to Sport24.

Dayimani is contracted until 2025 which would be a hurdle for any of the clubs circling for his signature.

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Bulls looking to lure back-rowers

Two of Dayimani’s back-row colleagues have also gathered interest but this time from the Bulls, according to the reports, with Nama Xaba and Junior Pokomela the targets.

Xaba has come through the Western Province ranks and was identified early on in his career as a high-potential player through his natural breakdown ability. However, due to a torrid time with injury, the flank has not come close to his potential yet.

Still, the back-row has been touted as the successor for veteran Deon Fourie but his injury woes are counting against him.

Joining him in the Bulls’ crosshairs is Pokomela, who has provided great squad depth for the Cape side since joining from the Cheetahs in 2021. However, he has not consistently made the starting line-up which could have him considering the offer to move to Pretoria.

Dobson will be concerned at so many back-rows being linked elsewhere and certainly will not want to lose all three.

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