A contract from Sale Sharks last December made Sydney-born Nic Dolly realise that he could play rugby at a professional level. A personal trainer, he had appeared for the New South Wales Waratahs U15 and U17 teams and in sevens for the state at U18 level, having taken up the game when he was six years old. His formative clubs were at Redfield, Dural and Eastwood and he also played for Greater Sydney Rams.
He had captained Dural U19 to a Premiership triumph in 2015 and, growing up, his role models were Dylan Hartley and Dane Coles. Wayne Harvey at the Eastwood club in Sydney helped his development and understanding of the game and his parents influenced and motivated him along the way on his career path.
His best moments so far were his initial taste of A-League rugby, his England U18 debut against France in the 43-14 win over France at Aylesbury in March 2017 and the first of his two tries in the 55-11 victory over France off the bench in his second match.
Dolly made his England U20 debut in 2019 Six Nations defeat to Ireland.
The biggest obstacles in his career, he says, were sacrificing going out a lot more with his mates in order to train and play in matches and also leaving Sydney to be in England for what is a great opportunity for him.
Nic enjoys watching and playing a bit of cricket and boxing: “I love to go a few rounds in the ring”. Surfing, heading to the beach and fishing are also part of his fun times and he supports Norwich City FC. New Zealand tops his holiday destination list and he listens to any music except heavy metal. He said: “My favourite artist at present is Zara Larsson and I like the film Lone Survivor and Prison Break on TV.”
Thai green curry is the meal he enjoys most and he is ‘funny and foreign’ in his own estimation and ‘loud and pretty funny’ in the view of his friends.
2019: Ire, Fra, Wal, Ita
10 points – 2T
2017 F(R), S, W(R), C, I(R), S
11 February 2019Last updated: 11 March 2019