Brumbies coach, Andy Friend, believes former South African under-21 and Emerging Boks fly-half, Isma-eel Dollie, is a highly talented fly-half that is good enough to play Super 14 rugby.
“I really rate Ish as a player who has the ability to control a game,” Friend said on Wednesday.
“He is very quick, has good feet, great ball skills, but his great strength is his ability to control a game. In the Super 14 competition you need a smart footballer like him to put you in the right position on the field,” he said.
Sport 24 reports that the former Western Province and Boland fly-half was a member of Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, enlarged Bok squad, but did not get one minute game-time with the Western Province’s Currie Cup side and the Stormers franchise to prove himself.
After being told that he does not fit into the Stormers plans, the 24-year old decided to move to the Brumbies academy last year to work his way through the ranks.
According to Friend, the Canberra based franchise however already had three contracted players with the ability to play in the pivot position.
“I really rate Dollie as a quality player, but unfortunately for him we already had Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano on our books. Gene Fairbanks (a centre) was also considered as an option in the number 10 jersey. That was the only reason why Dollie was not offered a contract. If any of these players had picked up an injury, Dollie would have come into the reckoning,” Friend said on Wednesday before his team’s clash with the Stormers on Friday night at Newlands.
This year the Brumbies also acquired the services of Matt Giteau who is widely regarded as one of the best fly-halves in the business.
Lealiifano will partner the experienced Stirling Mortlock in the midfield, with Toomua covering the fly-half position from the bench on Friday night
While at the Brumbies, Dollie received a lucrative offer from the motoring giant, Mitsubishi, to play for their club in Japan. It was an offer which he could not refuse.
Last year Lealiifano tore his hamstring in week nine of the Super 14 competition. Dollie was called up to the Brumbies. He however already had contractual obligations with his Japanese club and could not take up the offer.
Dollie has however expressed his desire to play Super 14 rugby and ultimately for the Springboks.
The Sharks were in negotiations with Dollie with the view to possibly contracting him for the Super 14 competition this year.
Sharks commercial manager, Rudolph Straeuli, confirmed the met with Dollie at a Cape Town hotel a few weeks ago.
“Yes, we looked at his CV and we know what he is capable of. We spoke to his former coaches and even consulted the Springbok-coach, Peter de Villiers,” Straeuli said at the time.
The Sharks then subsequently went on to sign former 30-year old England fly-half, Andy Goode.
Dollie has proven himself at all age group levels for South Africa. With the Springbok coach De Villiers struggling to find s talented players of colour to select from at Super 14 level, it is baffling that Dollie still hasn’t been given an opportunity to prove himself at any of the South African franchises.Tweet