The Stormers have confirmed that Hacjivah Dayimani is fully fit and raring to go for their homecoming in Stellenbosch after the flanker missed the four-week Vodacom URC tour.
Dayimani played in both of the Stormers’ Vodacom URC openers against the Lions in Johannesburg and Scarlets in Stellenbosch, where he produced an excellent 80-minute performance as the hosts cruised to a comfortable victory.
However, the loose forward did not tour with the Stormers, who have missed his X-factor on attack as they have struggled to get over the tryline on a run of three successive losses.
According to SuperSport.com, Dayimani did not board the plane to Europe, as the tour coincided with his partner giving birth.
During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, assistant coach Dawie Snyman confirmed that Dayimani is not injured and will be ready for their first game back home against Italian outfit Zebre on 2 December.
“Nah, he’s fine. He is back home and training with the non-touring squad,” Snyman said. “So he is all good.
“Look, he’s a special player and he’s a guy who can open a game up and change it in a moment,” Snyman added.
“We probably miss him more off the field, because he’s got a great vibe and amazing energy. Going four weeks without Hacjivah, you almost start feeling it.
“He’s a very special player, but we know we’ve got him when we come back, so we are excited to see him and get him back in next weekend.”
Last season’s finalists could also get a massive backline boost when they return, with Springbok playmakers Damian Willemse and Manie Libbok set to return from their mandated rest period, while centres Dan du Plessis, Cornel Smit and Suleiman Hartzenberg have been training at Western Province’s high-performance centre in Bellville.
The Stormers conclude their four-week tour on Friday night against Cardiff.
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