Lions want Dollie

Spears and SA U21 flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie is set to join the Lions for the Absa Currie Cup.

Dollie is contracted to the Spears, but with the franchise facing extinction he is wisely looking elsewhere.

“Peter de Villiers offered me the chance to play at the Spears,” he told the Sunday Times. “At the time, I was with the WP U21s and wasn’t offered a contract, so it seemed a golden opportunity. There are now talks that I might soon be going to the Lions. They have made an offer.”

While Dollie was one of the Baby Boks’ stars at the U21 World Championship last month, doubts remain over his ability to play Super 14 or Test rugby, considering he weights just 80kg and is 1.72m tall.

“It’s not just [about size], you also have to kick 100m, hit the opposition back in the tackle and so on.” he said. “It’s good to have those attributes, but a flyhalf should create things by passing to put guys away, not bashing it up.

“I bench about 120kg,” he added. “I know that in today’s rugby conditioning is very important, but what really counts is what happens between the four lines, not how much you bench.”