Dayimani makes WP, Stormers move permanent

Talented loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani has returned to his roots by signing a long-term contract with Western Province Professional Rugby (WPPR).

Dayimani has been on loan for the first three games of the Carling Currie Cup and made the move back to Cape Town permanent by signing with WPPR for the next two years.

Originally from Joe Slovo Park in Cape Town, Dayimani grew up in Milnerton and attended Ysterplaat Primary before completing his schooling in Gauteng. He played at Craven Week in 2015 and went on to represent SA Schools that same year before turning professional.

A dynamic loose forward who is comfortable at flank or No 8 and has also represented the SA Sevens Academy, the 23-year-old’s signing is a significant boost for Western Province and the Stormers’ loose-forward depth.

Western Province and Stormers head coach John Dobson said that Dayimani’s blend of speed and physicality makes him an exciting prospect in both jerseys.

“Hacjivah is a player of undoubted talent who has already made a big impression in his short time here and we are looking forward to seeing him grow even further as a player.

“He plays the game with freedom and enthusiasm, along with a hard edge of physicality, which is exactly what we are looking for in our loose forwards and I am sure he will quickly become a firm favourite with our faithful supporters,” he said.

Dayimani said that he is excited about starting a new chapter in Cape Town.

“I would like to continue growing as a player and as a person and the environment here with the players and coaching staff will give me a fantastic opportunity to do so.

“I have been welcomed into the squad and feel right at home here in Cape Town. I am looking forward to what the future holds for me here,” he said.

Dayimani recently made his first start for Western Province, in their one-point victory over the Sharks on Wednesday.

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