Much loved and much feared, our fearless Premiership Sandy Bay legend will also be much missed. A rock in the scrum and a rock on the wing, big Dyl had a trademark inside flick pass that Sonny Bill Williams constantly tried to perfect.
The big man has gone but will never be forgotten. A proper Chief, on and off the field, we wish him all the very best for the family move to Ireland.
1. When did you arrive in Hong Kong?
31 December 2013. New Year’s Eve was a pretty mad way to getting our HK life started and definitely set the tone for what lay ahead.
2. What are your finest memories of Hong Kong?
Junks - how good are they! Playing for the HK national team. Drinking out of Chris Harris Leg. But my number 1 memory would have to be the birth of my daughter which will always make HK a very special place to my family and we will always be tied to HK because of this.
3. Greatest club memories?
Winning the league my first 2 seasons and then of course finally winning the Grand Champs this last season. Especially considering it was the 4th attempt at it since being in HK.
4. Worst rugby experience?
Every time I had to play longer than 60 minutes....
5. What are you doing next?
My family and I have relocated to Ireland where I will be launching a European leg of Biltong Chief in my quest to create a global biltong empire...
6. Will you be back?
I will definitely be popping back over for a few days at least once a year for the next few years. With Biltong Chief still operating as normal in HK, I will need to do the odd business trip which might just coincide with the HK7s. It will obviously be purely business though.
7. Will you be sensationalising up your achievements in Hong Kong?
There wouldn’t really be a need to sensationalise scoring 55m tries or setting up unbelievable scenes SBW style. I also don’t think I would need to sensationalise creating the greatest biltong company Asia has ever seen. I mean all these things are just matter of fact.
8. Do you have a message for the members of Sandy Bay?
Thank you for the support that you showed us in our inaugural year at the club, it made a massive difference. It felt really special being part of a bigger rugby community. Something special is brewing at the Bay and it was an absolute treat to be a part of the start of it. All the best to all of you and to the young boys and girls playing age grade rugby I look forward to seeing you all progress into the senior teams and hopefully even the national teams. Up the Bay!