Monaco- Springbok wing, Aphiwe Dyantyi won the Breakthrough Player of the Year at World Rugby awards, which took place at Monaco on Sunday night.
Dyantyi made his debut as a bok player during the June tests against England and has not looked back.
Before receiving the award‚ Dyantyi described his year as “more than a roller-coaster”.
“I’ve been truly blessed in so many ways‚ with the people around me‚ who have helped me in the last few years – it’s really amazing‚” Dyantyi said.
“Being part of the Springboks‚ representing our country – it doesn’t get any better. I’m very honoured as I never imagined I would ever be the one sitting here‚ receiving an award such as this.
“I just want to keep on challenging myself to keep on improving and hopefully making a difference for our country‚ but also on in someone else’s life‚ who will see my story as an inspiration to do something great out there. That is my ultimate goal.”
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander also congratulated Dyantyi on his accomplishment, “Aphiwe has been sensational since making the step up to senior provincial rugby and after a superb debut season for the Lions in Super Rugby‚ he was deservedly called up to the Springbok squad‚” said Alexander.
“Despite his limited experience at international level‚ Aphiwe never looked out of place in the Springbok jersey and he made an immediate impact‚ scoring a try on debut for the Boks against England in June.
“It was his two tries in Wellington though‚ when the Boks beat the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time in nine years‚ that will be remembered the best for his superb debut Test season.
“We are all very proud of him and can’t wait to see more of the same in 2019.”
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