Exeter question Dollman's England omission
October 31, 2013
Phil Dollman has been impressive for Exeter so far this term © Getty Images
Ali Hepher admits Exeter Chiefs are surprised Phil Dollman's excellent start to the Aviva Premiership season has not merited an international call-up.
Versitle Dollman, who has been filling for the injured Luke Arscott at full-back but can also play at centre and on the wing, was born in Caerphilly but also qualifies to play for England. He enjoyed his best performance of the season last weekend as the Chiefs romped to a 40-6 victory over basement side Worcester Warriors at Sandy Park, scoring his first try of the season and setting up Dean Mumm with a superb break through midfield.
And Chiefs assistant coach Hepher believes both Wales and England have missed a trick by not calling up the 28-year-old ahead of November's autumn internationals.
"He is qualified to play for both England and Wales, and I don't know what they are looking for, but he is a quality player," Hepher told The Telegraph.
"He plays in a lot of positions for us, he gives us that versatility to be able to gel with people around him, and every time he plays he never lets you down. He puts in a really hard shift. He is not a guy built in the gym but a proper rugby player on the field, one that looks for space, and he is a real handful for opponents."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Download ESPN's new UK multisport app, a fresh and powerful new way to follow your favourite UK sports news, scores and video.
The rolling maul is becoming an increasingly potent attacking weapon. Conor O'Shea looks at the difficulties of stopping it
The news of James Horwill, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Dan Carter's respective transfers will open the floodgates, writes Tom Hamilton
Kiwi coaches can be found far and wide across the globe, and Murray Mexted believes the All Blacks benefit every bit as much as their rivals
Clermont, Toulon, player burnout, Sam Burgess and a farewell to Adams Park - Monday Maul looks back at the weekend's action