Springbok and Golden Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyi has tested positive for a banned substance following a test during a national team training camp last month. Dyantyi, the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year winner, denies that he took a banned substance and has requested a B sample to clear his name.
“I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field. I believe in hard work and fair play,” Dyantyi said in a statement
The Lions flyer’s rise to the top has been nothing short of spectacular. From Varsity Cup to scoring a brace for the Springboks against the All Blacks, Dyantyi enjoyed a fantastic rookie season for the Boks in 2018 and won the World Rugby award for Breakthrough Player of the Year.
2019 has been disappointing for the speedster. Dyantyi picked up a hamstring injury ahead of the Test against Australia at Ellis Park, which has messed up his World Cup plans.