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Springbok wing Aphiwe Dyantyi won the Breakthrough Player of the Year award at World Rugby’s annual prizegiving in Monaco on Sunday. The 24-year-old was visibly stunned when he was named in a category that pitted him against Ireland wing Jordan Larmour and new All Black prop Karl Tu’inukuafe. Dyantyi follows an illustrious list of winners of the award since its inception in 2015. All Black wing Rieko Ioane won in 2017‚ England lock Maro Itoje in 2016 and All Black wing Nehe Milner-Skudder (2015). The speedy Bok winger marked his Test debut with a try against England in June. He started in 13 of SA’s 14 Tests in 2018‚ scoring six tries‚ including braces against Argentina and in the win over world champions New Zealand in Wellington. Upon 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 past few years — it’s really amazing‚” Dyantyi said. “Being part of the Sp...

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