the Lions announced they have loaned term Hacjivah Dayimani and Wiehahn Herbst to his fellow First Division Currie Cup rivals, Western Province and the Sharks, respectively.
In a move that will shock many, the Lions have confirmed that free forward Dayimani, as well as heavily traveled mainstay Herbst, are scheduled for temporary departures from Johannesburg.
Dayimani has struggled to gain playing time lately
While Dayimani’s decision might seem logical on paper, seeing as he’s struggled to buy time with the Lions lately, those struggles could also be attributed to his injuries. The lanky star burst onto the professional Lions scene as an exciting, powerful but mobile striker. In the years that followed, he found himself graduating from the union’s Super Rugby team as a reward for his good form.
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His influence on the senior Lions squad has weakened considerably after he appeared to fall into the loose union pecking order during last season’s first Super Rugby proceeding which was halted due to the pandemic of Covid. As rugby returned to the country, Dayimani found relatively few opportunities with the Lions and failed to cement his place in the recently concluded Rainbow Cup squad.
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The Cape-born player is now hoping that a return to familiar surroundings will be just the change of environment his career needed.
It is rumored to be a target of the Western Province
Earlier this year, sources said South Africa that the Western Province was interested in taking Dayimani on a permanent basis, as one of three unions interested in his services when his contract expires with the Lions later this year. The other two teams have been described as “anonymous teams in France and Australia”, with the source going so far as to say the Australian team were exploring the possibility of using him as a winger.
Could this be the sign of a possible agreement between the player and WP?
Now that he’s been loaned out to Western Province for a period that will span the length of his Lions contract, could this be confirmation that Western Province has won the race for his signing permanently before next season?
Watch the space!