The Sharks have apparently offered former WP age-group flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie a contract. Dollie, currently playing in Japan, is understood to be given the offer serious consideration.
Dollie is something of an enigma, to say the least. Highly-rated by Bok coach Peter de Villiers, the diminutive pivot featured regularly in the SA junior sides he coached. At just 1.7-odd metres and 80 kgs, though, Dollie’s appearances in senior rugby have been limited to say the least, with nobody other than de Villiers seemingly keen to give him an opportunity.
Dollie’s frustrating with SA rugby finally boiled over in 2008. When Western Province declined to renew his junior contract, he packed his bags for Australia, where he was forced to settle for a colts contract with the Brumbies. Things didn’t work out there either, though and Dollie moved to Japan shortly afterwards, where he is currently playing.
It seems rather strange that the Sharks should be looking to Dollie, given that Steve Meyer has recently been brought in to contest the flyhalf berth. He’s an interesting player, all right and more than creative enough. Whether his diminutive stature will withstand the rigours of Super 14, or even Currie Cup rugby, though, remains to be seen. Then again, he’s never really had the chance to prove his critics wrong and maybe in Durban he’ll get that.
We’ll keep you posted as this story develops further.Tweet