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Lions loosie would like to tackle Quade Cooper in boxing ring

Hacjivah Dayimani (Getty Images)
Hacjivah Dayimani (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Lions loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani says he hopes to one day challenge Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper in the boxing ring.

In an exclusive interview with Sport24, Dayimani said boxing training has helped with him "punch above my weight" in rugby.

"It allows me to have strong shoulders and get up and down quicker than the rest of the players. In our free time, Elton Jantjies and I do boxing as a hobby and are white-collar boxers. Maybe later on in my career, I could challenge Quade Cooper to a boxing match to raise some funds for charity," he said.

Cooper, along with All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams, in recent years entered the professional boxing ranks.

Dayimane added: "It would be a nice initiative. I would want to take Cooper on, but not Sonny Bill Williams. I have seen Quade fight once and I personally think that Sonny Bill is a much better boxer than him."

Meanwhile, for the moment, Dayimani remains focused on his goal with the Lions in Super Rugby.

He will feature on the bench when they tackle the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday (17:15 kick-off).

Teams:

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Dan du Plessis

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Elton Jantjies 9 Nic Groom, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith

Substitutes: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Sti Sithole, 19 Rhyno Herbst, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Gianni Lombard, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza 

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