Dyantyi officially becomes a Shark

Henry

The Sharks threw a rugby lifeline to Aphiwe Dyantyi. The KwaZulu-Natal rugby union has confirmed that the former Springbok winger is officially part of its set-up.

Dyantyi’s suspension comes to an end on 12 August and he will therefore be available for the upcoming United Rugby Championship.

According to the 28-year-old blitz, he is excited to be back on the playing field and he wants to make his mark in Durban.

“I promise to give my very best when I pull the jersey over my head. I have been in Durban for some time now and I have seen what the Sharks mean to many people. I want to contribute to that sense of pride through what I do on and off the field,” said Dyantyi.

He made his international debut against England at Ellis Park in 2018 and the speedster immediately celebrated the achievement with a try.

He ended up scoring six tries in his 13 tests and his career definitely followed an upward curve when he was named the international rookie of the year.

However, a positive test for banned substances in 2019 led to a four-year suspension.

Dyantyi has maintained from the outset that he is innocent of the use of anabolic steroids. Among other things, he said that he believes in hard work and fair play.

“I have never cheated and never will,” he said in a statement. However, the result of his B urine sample was also positive.

The tests were carried out at an accredited World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) laboratory at the University of the Free State and it was found that the Bok Blitz tested positive for three prohibited substances.

Dyantyi’s Springbok tries:

9 June 2018: One try in the Springboks’ 42-39 win against England at Ellis Park.

18 August 2018: Two tries in the Springboks’ 34-21 win against Argentina at Kingspark.

15 September 2018: Two tries against the All Blacks in South Africa’s 36-34 win in Wellington.

29 September 2018: One try against the Wallabies in South Africa’s 23-12 victory in Gqeberha.