By Cwenga Maqhubela
Photo: SA Rugby
The 26 year old Springboks and Emirates Lions winger was charged with a doping offence after testing positive for multiple anabolic steroids and metabolites back on July 2, 2019. He later on appeared for a hearing and was banned from participating in any sporting activity for up to 4 years. He went on to apologize to his teammates and management for the impact these news had caused, “I want to apologize in advance to my teammates and management at the Lions and Springboks‚ my friends and my family for the negative impact this news may have,” he said.
This was a topic of interest for many rugby supporters and some of them claiming that he was sabotaged and set up so that he may not participate in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. The flyer played for UJ in the Varsity Cup Young Guns were he pulled up impressing performances and managed to score himself a deal with the Golden Lions in 2016. He featured in the 2016 and 2017 Currie Cup squad for the Golden Lions and in 2018 was part of the Lions Super Rugby squad. He made his international debut for the Springboks against England in June 2018 and since then he never looked back, starting in 13 of South Africa’s 14 Tests in 2018 and scoring six tries, including braces against Argentina and in the win over the former world champions New Zealand in Wellington.
After the ban, Aphiwe took a decision not to be held back by the bad publicity and maintain his focus on keeping fitness and prepare for a return to competitive rugby after the ban. He has been keeping himself busy with workouts and training at home. This has also provided him with much time to spend with family and friends. Aphiwe Dyantyi is expected to make his return in 2023 at the age of 29. Surely for his fans and team are expecting a strong return from him, will be that is case? we’ll just have to wait and see.
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