Former Western Province and Boland flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie will go on trial with Australian Super 14 side the Brumbies in Canberra later this week.
Dollie’s father, Ganief, told the Cape Times that his son had approached the Brumbies and that they had invited him for a trial. Dollie is currently out of contract after his WP contract ended on October 31 this year.
Ganief Dollie said he was sad to see his son having to go outside South Africa. “Firstly, I just want to say that Isma-eel has not signed with the Brumbies. He is just going to Canberra on a trial basis,” he said.
“He was actually forced to go there because no-one offered him a Super 14 contract in South Africa. He has been playing Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup rugby for the past two seasons, but he has not been given a chance to prove himself in the Super 14. He really wants to play at that level, and this trial with the Brumbies gives him a chance to hopefully fulfil that dream.”
Ganief Dollie says Isma-eel, the former SA Under-21 flyhalf under current Bok coach Peter de Villiers in 2006, would ideally have liked to stay in South Africa. “Isma-eel left with a heavy heart,” he said. “You know, he is also still on Peter’s radar, so that made it even more difficult for him. But he has tried his best here.
“He is 23 now and wants to play top-level rugby. He also needs to earn a proper living. He has also sent his CV to many teams in France, England, Australia and New Zealand, so we are also awaiting answers from them.”
Article by Ashfak Mohamed taken from IOL.co.zaTweet