Springbok coach Peter de Villiers did not mince words when he heard that Isma-eel Dollie had been excluded from the Stormers squad for their Vodacom Super 14 fixtures in Australasia.
“If I were Isma-eel Dollie, I would also have been unhappy,” De Villiers said on Tuesday. Dollie was the SA under-21 flyhalf when De Villiers coached the team in 2006 and also a member of the Stormers squad until last week.
Adnaan Mohamed reports that on Monday, Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus told the 23-year-old flyhalf that he should gain more experience by playing for the Western Province Vodacom Cup team.
‘A FINE PLAYER’
De Villiers said every coach had the right to select which players he wanted to and he was not going to interfere with Erasmus’s decisions.
“I don’t know what Rassie’s reasons are, but all I can say is that I believe Isma-eel is a fine player who represented South Africa with great success at under-21 level.
“Isma-eel is an outstanding player with unusual creative talents,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter to me whether a player is white, black pink or brown. I selected him because he was good enough, but every coach has his own ideas.
“However, some players do not receive the same opportunities that others do. They also do not receive the assistance and support that other players do.
“I have nothing against Rassie’s decision, but for me it is about equal opportunities,” De Villiers said.
He added that there were many players who did not receive enough opportunities at Super 14 level. “Players such as Hilton Lobberts, Adrian Jacobs and Kabamba Floors do not play enough Super 14 rugby.”
Dollie, lock forward Francois van der Merwe and loose forward Justin Melck trained with the WP Vodacom squad at Brookside on Tuesday.
WP coach Jerome Paarwater said these players would bolster his side for the match against the Lions at Ellis Park on Friday.
Robbie Diack and young centre Juan de Jongh are in the Stormers squad and will not be available for WP this week.Tweet