Dollie surprise in Bok squad

Isma-eel Dollie, the Western Province Vodacom Cup flyhalf, was one of a few lesser surprises in the Springbok training squad of 42 members which was named on Saturday night.

Isma-eel Dollie, the Western Province Vodacom Cup flyhalf, was one of a few lesser surprises in the Springbok training squad of 42 members which was named on Saturday night.

New Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has included a number of players who are not regulars for their Super 14 franchises or who had limited opportunities because of injury this season in the squad which assembles in Stellenbosch on Wednesday.

Dollie's inclusion may come as a surprise to many, but it has been an open secret that the young pivot is highly regarded by De Villiers. Dollie was a stand-out player in the SA Under-21 side but failed to retain his place in the Stormers squad this season.

Three overseas Boks, John Smit, who was on Saturday night confirmed as captain, flyhalf Butch James and fullback Percy Montgomery have also been invited to the training camp, while Victor Matfield, who is back in the Bulls camp, has also been included.

The names of the Sharks players were withheld as they will be playing in the Super 14 semifinal against the Waratahs in Sydney this weekend.

Springbok training squad: Backs: Heini Adams, Gcobani Bobo, Meyer Bosman, Tonderai Chavhanga, Jean de Villiers, Isma-eel Dollie, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Peter Grant, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Enrico Januarie, Conrad Jantjes, Zane Kirchner, Louis Ludik, Percy Montgomery, Akona Ndungane, Jongi Nokwe, Wynand Olivier, Earl Rose.

Forwards: Andries Bekker, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Wian du Preez, Kabamba Floors, Hilton Lobberts, Victor Matfield, Gerhard Mostert, Brian Mujati, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Danie Rossouw, John Smit (c), Juan Smith, Pierre Spies, Gurthrö Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Heinke van der Merwe, Wikus van Heerden, Joe van Niekerk, Duanne Vermeulen, Luke Watson. - Sapa

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