Dollie looking to follow Rathbone with Brumbies

Former Springbok squad member Isma-eel Dollie is looking to follow Clyde Rathbone (pictured) and play with Australia’s Brumbies in next year’s Super 14 provincial competition, reports said Thursday.

Cape Town-based flyhalf Dollie flew into Canberra on Wednesday for a meeting with the club, which he hopes will lead to him being offered a Brumbies’ contract for 2009, reports said.

Dollie, 23, was included in a Springboks training squad in May this year, but said he has been frustrated at the lack of professional opportunities in his home country.

After missing out on a new contract with Western Province, he sent a DVD of himself in action to overseas clubs including the Brumbies, who invited him to meet coaching staff in Canberra.

“My ultimate goal is to play for the Brumbies and I’m willing to work my way up,” Dollie told Thursday’s Sydney Morning Herald.

Dollie, a specialist flyhalf and goal-kicker, sealed victory for South Africa in the under-19s World Cup in 2003 with a drop goal in the final against New Zealand.

He went on to be starting flyhalf in the South African team that made the final of the 2006 under-21s World Cup.

Former South African under-21s captain Rathbone moved to Canberra in 2003 and made his Wallabies debut in 2004.


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