Banned Springboks Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi Set for Return to Rugby - Ruck

Banned Springboks Winger Aphiwe Dyantyi Set for Return to Rugby

Aphiwe Dyantyi is set to make his return to rugby, as his four year ban for doping is set to expire. The former Springbok has agreed a deal with the Cell C Sharks, and will make his return for the 2023/24 United Rugby Championship season.

The Sharks announced the signing on their social media platforms, with the reveal coupled with a message of gratitude from the 28-year-old.

The 13-capped Springbok recorded a 24-second audio clip, and thanked the Sharks for giving him his chance.

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

“I have been now in Durban for quite some time, and I have kind of seen what the Sharks mean to the people. I want 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.”

This is the first time Dyantyi has spoken about his ban since February 2022. Dyantyi was suspended from rugby after he tested positive for two anabolic steroids, and selective androgen receptor modulator usage. He was subsequently exiled from the Springboks training squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which South Africa went on to win.

Dyantyi wrote on social media in February 2022: “This year marks three years out of the game (banned). A very challenging three years coupled with tears, rebuilding, love and laughter. A trial and error period in my life but two business projects down the line, I wouldn’t change anything about my life journey. The support has been both heartwarming and humbling. Thank you.”

The Sharks recently confirmed the appointment of former All Blacks assistant coach John Plumtree as the side’s new Head Coach. The addition of Dyantyi is the latest recruit, as the Sharks hope to build on from their eighth placed finish in the URC.