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Scotland go Dutch with Visser

Holland-born Tim Visser will seek to prove his ability on the Test stage after being selected by Scotland for the summer tour to Australia, Fiji and Samoa.

The flying Dutch wing, who has scored 43 tries in 74 appearances for Edinburgh, was one of five uncapped players named in Andy Robinson's 28-man squad.

"There's been a lot of chat and expectation on me getting selected, but I wasn't sure I was going to be involved. I'm delighted," Visser said. "It's been going very well in the league and the Heineken Cup and I've had three great seasons. It was long due for me to try to take it to another level. Hopefully I can take my form into the international level now."

Visser was the RaboDirect PRO12 Players' Player of the Year and leading try-scorer and made a vital contribution as Edinburgh reached the Heineken Cup semi-finals. He will on June 12 be eligible for Scotland, qualifying on the grounds of three years' residency following his move from Newcastle Falcons.

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

Robinson said: "Tim has got that natural ability to beat somebody and to score tries. He's shown the potential that we saw in him. He's got better and better and now he's got the international stage to show those skills."

Following a period of reflection after the loss to Italy in Rome, 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 European run and Glasgow Warriors' march to the RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs.

His belief is illustrated in the selection of uncapped quintet Visser, Tom Brown, Robert Harley, Ryan Grant and Tom Ryder, plus call-ups for Duncan Weir, Matt Scott and Jon Welsh, who each have one international cap.

The core of the squad comes from the group which finished with the Six Nations wooden spoon, but Edinburgh prop Allan Jacobsen has been rested, joining injured number eight David Denton (ankle) and wing Lee Jones (shoulder), plus suspended lock Jim Hamilton, in missing the tour.

Weir has been preferred to Glasgow team-mate Ruaridh Jackson, while Warriors flanker Chris Fusaro and Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist can count themselves unfortunate not to have been selected. Hooker Ross Ford has retained the captaincy following the Six Nations.


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