Visser relishing debut

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Tim Visser is excited about making his Scotland debut at the weekend
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Tim Visser is excited about making his Scotland debut at the weekend

Tim Visser has spoken of his pride as he prepares to make his long-awaited Scotland debut against Fiji this weekend.

The Dutch-born winger became eligible for his adopted country on Tuesday after qualifying on the grounds of three years' residency and he was immediately drafted into coach Andy Robinson's side for Saturday's match against Fiji in Lautoka.

"It feels really good. It has been such a long time, so to finally make it a reality is brilliant and I am very proud," said Visser, who joined Edinburgh in May 2009 after previously playing for Newcastle and Northampton in England.

"I can't wait to play, to be honest. I am really proud and honoured to be able to represent a country like Scotland.

"They are one of the best teams in the world, they compete at the highest level. Being able to represent a beautiful country like Scotland, which has welcomed me so well, is brilliant."

The only downside to Visser's international debut is that his family have not been able to get to Fiji, and will have to be content instead with watching the game on television.

"I think they'll probably watch it live in the early hours of the morning and then again when it is repeated at lunchtime," Visser said.

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