Stormers loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani takes a break. Image: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix.

Stormers fight to keep Dayimani

Stormers’ star Hacjivah Dayimani draws overseas interest, but the franchise remains determined to keep their key player.


Stormers loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani takes a break. Image: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix.

Hacjivah Dayimani is a force on the rugby pitch, and his relentless style has put him on the radar of teams across the globe. The Stormers’ star loose forward is facing enticing offers from both France and Japan. Yet, Stormers coach John Dobson is resolute – their prized asset is not for sale.

Dayimani: A Stormers Mainstay

“I don’t know where that comes from,” Dobson emphasized when addressing Dayimani’s rumoured departure. “He is under contract here until the end of June 2025… The way he has played for us this season it would require a really compelling argument for us to let him go.”

Dayimani is pivotal to the Stormers’ game plan. His absence from the Springbok alignment camp may have fuelled speculation, but there’s no indication this has dimmed the Stormers’ resolve to retain their star. His influence as a powerful No. 8 is critical to the team’s success.

Dayimani’s Expanding Role

The Stormers recognize Dayimani not only for his core strengths but for his potential versatility. His surprise cameo as a wing in the Northampton Saints friendly opened new possibilities.

“We virtually always go six-two (between forwards and backs) on the bench, but the thing with that is that we have to use one of our scrumhalves… as wing cover,” explained Dobson. “So we just thought it would be better to train up a person more… It was really just to build our capacity around that position. It’s useful.”

This tactical move hints at Dayimani’s untapped abilities and the Stormers’ desire to maximize his contributions.

Future Focus

While it’s likely international suitors will remain persistent, the Stormers have a clear game plan – Dayimani is central to their vision. With a contract in place, the focus remains on maximizing his impact – both in his traditional position and through experimentation that might unleash even greater potential for the star player and the team.