Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Visser set for Scotland call-up

Tim Visser

It will be no surprise when Edinburgh's flying Dutch winger Tim Visser is named in Scotland's summer Tour squad on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old RaboDirect PRO12 Players' Player of the Year and leading try-scorer will, on June 12, be eligible for Scotland, qualifying on the grounds of three years' residency following his move to Edinburgh from Newcastle Falcons.

Visser, who will be 25 on May 29, will therefore miss the opening Test with Australia on June 5 in Newcastle. After the cancellation of the only non-Test fixture, he may first pull on the dark blue jersey in the Test with Fiji on June 16, with Samoa a week later offering the prolific wing another opportunity.

After a 2011/12 season which saw early elimination from the Rugby World Cup, a RBS 6 Nations whitewash and the wooden spoon, Visser's inclusion was perhaps more certain than it was that head coach Andy Robinson would tour Australia, Fiji and Samoa.

Following a period of reflection, Robinson agreed to continue his contract which runs until the 2015 World Cup, buoyed by the potential within the Scotland ranks and noting Edinburgh's run to the Heineken Cup semi-finals and Glasgow Warriors' march to the RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs.

Visser, who was brought to Edinburgh by Robinson in 2009, was a key figure in Edinburgh's European adventure and scored four tries in eight appearances in the Heineken Cup this season, coupled with 13 RaboDirect PRO12 tries.

"My ambition since I started playing rugby has been to play at international level," Visser, whose father Marc is a former Holland captain, said recently.

"My goal at the end of the season is to be selected to play for Scotland - it would be well worth the wait.

"The most exciting rugby is played at international level, and that's where I want to play."

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