Aphiwe Dyantyi joins Sharks after four-year ban for doping

Former Springboks rising star Aphiwe Dyantyi has been given a lifeline after the Cell C Sharks confirmed the signing of the winger on Tuesday.

Dyantyi makes a sensational return to rugby after serving a four-year ban imposed by the South African Institute for Drug-free Sport for doping.

The excited 28-year-old promised his new home supporters that he would give his best.

“More than anything, I’m just excited to be back,” Dyantyi said in a statement.

“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.”

Prior to the ban, Dyantyi was among the promising stars and was expected to make his 2019 Rugby World Cup debut for the Springboks.

His return comes just three months before the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which gets under way in France on September 8.


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