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CONFIRMED: Stormers star to join Kolisi at Racing 92

TRANSFER NEWS: South African loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani has joined the band of overseas players in France’s Top 14 when he was named among the new recruits by Racing 92 on Tuesday.

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The list also included former England captain Owen Farrell, whose arrival had been announced in January, English centre Sam James, Chile hooker Diego Escobar and France internationals Romain Taofifenua and Demba Bamba who arrive from Lyon.

Cape Town-born Dayimani, 26, was a schoolboy international but has been consistently overlooked by Bok boss Rassie Erasmus despite a series of impressive performances for the Stormers since 2021.

At Racing he will link up in the back row with Springbok captain Siya Kolisi.

The Stormers are set to face Racing 92 in the 2024/2025 Champions Cup after the pools were drawn on Tuesday.

Kolisi is also a former Stormers captain.

The 29-year-old James has been the heartbeat of English club Sale since making his debut in 2013.

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He played predominantly as a centre, but also at fullback and flyhalf, he went on to make 244 appearances for his boyhood club.

James represented England against the Barbarians in 2017 before going on the tour to Argentina that year but never earned a full cap.

Another English recruit is 23-year-old flyhalf Dan Lancaster, son of Racing Director of Rugby Stuart Lancaster, who arrives from second division Ealing.

Escobar, 24, made two appearances at last year’s World Cup, starting in the 12-42 defeat to Japan, and arrives in Paris from Santiago-based Selknam.

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Racing finished sixth in the regular season before losing to Bordeaux-Begles in the play-offs.

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