Hacjivah Dayimani. Image: Stormers

Stormers transfer drama: Big deals in the works?

Stormers face losing star players Dayimani, Xaba, and Pokomela. Overseas clubs and rival Bulls interested.


Hacjivah Dayimani. Image: Stormers

The Stormers could be facing a dramatic reshuffling of their back row. Key players Hacjivah Dayimani, Nama Xaba, and potentially Junior Pokomela are all exploring options away from Cape Town.

Dayimani’s Exit: A Big Blow

Hacjivah Dayimani’s sensational form has attracted interest from overseas clubs in Japan and France. The powerful number eight has indicated to the Stormers his desire to move on, with the Bulls reportedly eager to secure his services as well.

Dayimani’s versatility, capable of playing across the loose trio, makes him a valuable asset. His omission from the recent Springboks alignment camp could be a contributing factor for considering a move, along with the potential financial benefits abroad. Fans and pundits alike will be watching to see if his blistering carries and tackle-breaking runs will be showcasing in a different jersey next season.

Bulls Eye Flankers

The Bulls appear particularly interested in scooping up Stormers talent. Openside flanker Nama Xaba, despite a history of injuries, is on their radar. At 26 years old, Xaba has yet to fully realize his potential, but his speed and breakdown skills could rejuvenate his career in a new environment.

Junior Pokomela, a versatile back-row option, may also be targeted by Pretoria. Pokomela’s future with the Stormers was in doubt before the season, and while he provides valuable depth, the Bulls could offer him a more prominent role.

Stormers Reluctant to Aid a Rival

While Dayimani’s situation remains complex due to his contract status, the Stormers are likely to be hesitant in directly strengthening a key rival like the Bulls. Whether they can be persuaded to consider a deal, or if Dayimani seeks an overseas venture, remains to be seen.

The Future of the Stormers Back Row

The potential departure of these key figures raises questions about the Stormers’ future. They boast a strong development system, but losing experienced players like Dayimani and Xaba could create a short-term void. The Stormers will need to either prioritize developing younger talent or look to the transfer market for replacements if they wish to maintain their dominance in the URC.