Aphiwe Odwa Dyantyi (born 26 August 1994) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team, the Lions in Super Rugby, the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup and the Golden Lions XV in the Rugby Challenge. His regular position is wing or centre.
Super Rugby and South Africa (2018)
In 2018, Dyantyi was named in the Lions squad for the 2018 Super Rugby season. He was named on the left wing for their first match of the season against the Sharks to make his Super Rugby debut, and took just 22 minutes to score his first Super Rugby try in a 26–19 victory. He scored two more in their next match, a 47–27 victory over Argentine side the Jaguares, and scored further tries against the Blues and Sunwolves as he firmly established himself as the team's first choice left wing. A torn pectoral muscle ruled him out for six weeks, but he returned for four matches before the break for the June internationals, including a match against the Brumbies where he played in an unfamiliar outside centre role.
South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus included Dyantyi in the national squad for the incoming series against England and he started and scored a try in their 42–39 victory in the first test. He also started their second and third test matches, helping South Africa to a 2–1 win in the series.
He returned to Super Rugby action, playing in their final two matches of the regular season and scoring a try in their match against the Bulls to help the Lions finish top of the South African Conference. A win over the Jaguares in the Qualifiers was followed up by a 44–26 win over the Waratahs in the semi-finals — with Dyantyi scoring a 26th minute try — to qualify for the final. Dyantyi was named on the bench for the final against the Crusaders and could not prevent his side losing the match 18–37 in Christchurch to finish the competition as runners-up. Dyantyi's try haul of seven tries was the joint-second most by a Lions player'; replacement winger Madosh Tambwe also scored seven while hooker Malcolm Marx topped the try-scoring charts with 12 tries.
He was again named in the South Africa national squad for the 2018 Rugby Championship, and scored two tries in his first start in this competition, a 34–21 victory over Argentina in Durban. He started in losses away to Argentina and Australia before scoring two tries in their 36–34 win over New Zealand, their first victory in New Zealand since 2009. He also scored a try in their next match — a 23-12 win against Australia — after just 25 seconds
Honours and Awards
On 25 November 2018 at the World Rugby Awards in Monaco, Dyantyi was named the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year, after a season that saw him score six tries in thirteen appearances for the South Africa national team. He is the fourth winner of this award and the first South Africa