Aphiwe Dyantyi has been named the 2018 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year at the organisation’s awards ceremony in Monaco.
The Lions wing began his Springboks career in style this year, scoring a try against England in the first Test of their Tour.
Since then he has featured prominently in South Africa’s Rugby Championship campaign, scoring a brace of tries against both Argentina and, of course, New Zealand.
Dyantyi claimed the prestigious award despite being up against some stiff competition in the form of Ireland’s Jordan Larmour and New Zealand prop Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Larmour has impressed in 2018 at both club and international level for Leinster and Ireland respectively. Superb performances against the likes of Italy, Scarlets and Munster weren’t enough for the Dubliner to get the nod in Monaco, but at just 21-years-old, Larmour is sure to a regular fixture at awards nights in the years to come.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) November 25, 2018