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Visser ready for 'ultimate' test

Edinburgh winger Tim Visser is relishing the chance to make an impact in a high-profile European game as the capital club prepare for their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse.

Visser cannot do much more to prove his abilities in Edinburgh's league campaign - he is in line to top the RaboDirect Pro12 try-scoring charts for a third successive season - and has taken that form into the Heineken Cup this season by notching four tries in Edinburgh's six group games.

And the 24-year-old Dutchman has clearly set his sights higher, saying: "Taking this on to the wider stage is brilliant, not only individually, but as a team. "To show the rest of the world that we can compete in the latter stages of the Heineken Cup would be great."

Visser has not had the chance to pit himself against the best in the world on the international stage, although that could change after he qualifies for Scotland under the residency rule this summer.

But top of his agenda is helping Edinburgh make an even bigger splash at Murrayfield on Saturday by reaching the last four for the first time.

"We have grown as a team throughout. It has been on and off with the internationals leaving for the World Cup and the Six Nations, but I think we have started playing better and better throughout the season so Saturday will be a great test to see where we're at."

The game has also captured the imagination of Scotland's rugby fans, with more than 35,000 tickets sold.

"As far as club games go, this is the ultimate," Visser said. "Being in the last eight of the Heineken Cup is immense and it will be a huge challenge for the whole club.

"The biggest crowd I've played for here has been against Glasgow with 14-15,000. To double that is incredible and shows where Scottish rugby is going.

"There is a big appetite for rugby round here. The crowd will play a big part in our game so the more, the better."

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