Aphiwe Dyantyi 1.82m/87kg Left Wing
Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, Aphiwe Dyantyi represented Eastern Province at U13 level in 2007 and was touted as an exciting talent at school level.
However, during his time at Dale College, he was told he was too small to play for the 1st XV during his matric year. He gave up on the sport after school and decided to pursue other interests such as his studies at the University of Johannesburg where he got a degree in Marketing.
During his first year at Varsity Dyantyi represented the University football side before being convinced to help his Koshuis rugby side out by playing a few games. His form with the side lead him to being called into the Young Gun side and then the UJ senior squad in Varsity Cup.Having originally played flyhalf and fullback, Dyantyi was convinced to play on the wing by one of his coaches, where he excelled for UJ for his first two seasons in the Varsity Cup.
His 2017 season in the competition he spent most of the season at outside centre and earned a contract with the Lions. He made his Currie Cup debut for the side later that year and his performances in 2017 saw him being named in the Lions 2018 Super Rugby squad.
He made his Super Rugby debut, on the wing, in the Lions opening Super Rugby match of the 2018 season against the Sharks and scored a fantastic try in the match.Dyantyi’s impressive start to his debut Super Rugby season earned him a call-up to the Springbok squad for the 2018 June Internationals against Wales and England.
In November 2018, he was named World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year 2018.
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander praised Springbok winger Aphiwe Dyantyi for scooping the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Award in association with Tudor at a glittering function in Monaco on Sunday, 23 November 2018.
In doing so, the 24-year-old Dyantyi became the first South African to win this prestigious award for players in their debut international season.
The speedy Bok winger marked his Test debut with a try against England in June and hasn’t looked back, starting in 13 of South Africa’s 14 Tests in 2018 and scoring six tries, including braces against Argentina and in the win over world champions New Zealand in Wellington.
“Aphiwe has been sensational since making the step up to senior provincial rugby and after a superb debut season for the Emirates Lions in Vodacom Super Rugby, he was deservedly called up to the Springbok squad,” said Mr Alexander.
“Despite his limited experience at international level, Aphiwe never looked out of place in the Springbok jersey and he made an immediate impact, scoring a try on debut for the Boks against England in June. “It was his two tries in Wellington though, when the Boks beat the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time in nine years, that will be remembered the best for his superb debut Test season.
“He finished as the joint top try-scorer in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, which is a wonderful achievement for a rookie Test player. We are all very proud of him and can’t wait to see more of the same in 2019.”
Aphiwe Dyantyi made us all proud as he lifted the World Rugby Award and shares his reaction after he won the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year 2018 award in Association with Tudor
“I’ve been truly blessed in so many ways, with the people around me, who have helped me in the last few years – it’s really amazing,” Dyantyi said.
“Being part of the Springboks, representing our country – it doesn’t get any better. I’m very honoured as I never imagined I would ever be the one sitting here, receiving an award such as this.
“I just want to keep on challenging myself to keep on improving and hopefully making a difference for our country, but also on in someone else’s life, who will see my story as an inspiration to do something great out there. That is my ultimate goal.”
Click on the link below to view video by Aphiwe Dyantyi after he won the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year 2018 award in Association with Tudor.
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