Why Springbok discard Dayimani is jumping ship to head overseas

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This year has seen dynamic loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani work his way firmly into the Springbok conversation – at least on social media – but the national coaches have clearly felt he is not yet the complete product.

The 26-year-old has been overlooked for the Springbok alignment camps to date this year, and at a time when he’s evidently not part of Rassie Erasmus’ plans, he has decided to take on a new challenge elsewhere.

Dayimani has been heavily linked with a move to Top 14 giants Racing 92, where Siya Kolisi also plies his trade, and although this move hasn’t been confirmed as yet – it does seem likely to just be a matter of time.

As it is, on Tuesday, Dayimani was confirmed as one of 15 Stormers players who will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

When speaking to Rugby365.com, Stormers coach John Dobson explained why they would not stand in his way.

“We told him, that if he has a life-changing opportunity because he has a lot of responsibility and people who depend on him, we would not stand in his way. So we have not done that. He goes with our blessings and, hopefully, returns one day."

Hacjivah Dayimani makes decisive career move

At the age of 26, it stands to reason that if Dayimani does hope add to a few more all-important strengths to his game, that it is now the time to do so in a new environment.

A move overseas could be just what he needs, with the likes of Cheslin Kolbe, Andre Esterhuizen and Thomas du Toit all having taken their game to the next level when experiencing a new challenge overseas.

There is no doubt that Dayimani can still force his way back into the Springbok selection mix over the next four-year cycle, and his progress overseas will certainly be worth watching closely.

Who else is leaving the Stormers?

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.

Dobson confirmed that young loosehead prop Blose would be taking up a move to Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

"We are pleased to see most of the guys go onto bigger and better things but it is tough to see them leave," he said.

"We are also acutely aware of our responsibility with our new ownership to produce a sustainable program. Player cost represents an overwhelming majority so we have to be forensic with our selections and how we strengthen our squad.

"We have to keep in mind these guys are bubbling under for a couple of years they need to play often and if we can't do that they should be free to move on.

"Players like Leon Lyons and Zwelendaba will join the Griquas to get more game time," Dobson added.

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