Dayimani headlines Stormers' exits

Hacjivah Dayimani is among a group of 15 players whose exits have been officially confirmed by the DHL Stormers on Tuesday.

Dayimani’s four-year stint with the DHL Stormers has officially come to an end, after the loose-forward was on a list of 15 players confirmed to be leaving the club at the end of the season.

A standout for the Stormers since moving to Cape Town from the Lions in 2021, Dayimani has been superb in the team's run to back-to-back Vodacom URC finals in 2022 and 2023.

The 26-year-old, who has missed out on a place in the Springbok alignment camps and the latest training camp in Pretoria, has been heavily linked with a move to Top 14 giants Racing 92, who also contract Siya Kolisi.

Dayimani has been joined by two other senior loose forwards, Nama Xaba and Junior Pokomela, out the exit door.

A product of the Western Province junior ranks, Xaba represented the University of Cape Town in the Varsity Cup and began his career in Cape Town in 2018, making his Stormers debut in 2020. The openside flanker is set to join the Vodacom Bulls next season.

Pokomela joined the Stormers from the Cheetahs in 2021, and was part of the matchday-23 that beat the Bulls in the inaugural URC final in Cape Town. He made 28 appearances during his short time with the Stormers, but has struggled for game time this season, making just one substitute’s appearance in the opening round of the Champions Cup.

Also departing the Stormers are up-and-coming props Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, Leon Lyons and Kwenzo Blose, centres Mnombo Zwelendaba, Cornel Smit and Chris Hollis, hooker Chad Solomon, veteran scrumhalf Godlen Masimla, flyhalf Kade Wolhuter, loose forwards Jarrod Taylor and Simon Miller and outside back Tristan Leyds.

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