Rugby: The Flying Dutchman soon to be McVisser

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Flying Dutchman Tim Visser has revealed he is now officially on the way to becoming eligible for Scotland’s rugby team, possibly as early as next year’s tour of the Pacific Islands.

The 23-year-old is expected to satisfy a residential qualification in mid-June, 2012 which could mean he makes his debut either against Fiji or Samoa whom Scotland are due to play after opening their trip by meeting Australia in Newcastle, New South Wales, on June 4.

While making it clear he takes nothing for granted about representative prospects despite topping the Rabo Direct Pro 12 League try charts for each of the past two seasons ‘Vis the Whizz’ said: “We have started the process of seeing what I need to do to be able to play for Scotland, all the paper work. It is becoming a little more realistic.”

As to starting his top level career within days of qualifying Visser says: “Potentially I would fancy the Scotland trip.”

But he insisted: “I am still concentrating on Edinburgh and see where it gets me. It is obviously going in the right direction and what comes out of it comes out of it.

“However, all I think about is doing well in the next game which is Racing Metro at Murrayfield on Friday in the Heineken European Cup.”

The likelihood of Visser wearing the Thistled jersey just three years and a few days after signing for Edinburgh, will only add to the current feelgood factor in the game north of the Border partly created by the results of the professional teams in the Heineken Cup at the weekend and also victories for Melrose and Ayr in the British and Irish Cup.

Progress is certainly dramatic, too, bearing in mind that the last time Edinburgh, who beat London Irish 20-19 in Reading on Saturday, played in England on Heineken Cup duty, they lost 37-0 at Northampton last season.

Delighted to get one over on Scotland three-quarter and possible international squad rival Joe Ansbro, a member of the Northampton team against Edinburgh last season but on the Exiles’ losing side at the weekend, Visser said: “Joe is a good player, very powerful and I think he showed that. But it (the result) shows how we have matured as a team.”

Had Visser not had disallowed what would have been his sixth try of the season the margin at the Madejski Stadium could have been much wider but the Dutchman was philosophical about the video ref’s decision.

“All my team-mates felt it was a try. Looking on the big screen for the first four or five times the incident was shown it looked to me like a try as well.

“But the guy kept checking and kept checking again. Eventually he found an angle where it was dubious.

“I have got to be honest, I thought that when I looked at that angle of shot that the ball could have come off my fingers. You have to respect what the referee says. In a high-pressure situation he didn’t give us a try. Fair enough. It is not as crucial for me personally to score a try as it is for the team to come away with a win.

“I’ve said before I’d happily give up a try to win games and what happened against London Irish is possibly the best example of that.

“I’m just glad we came through to win on the road against a team who had matched Leicester (24-24) on their home ground a week earlier.”

Edinburgh’s expansive style was emphasised by a try which Visser helped to make for his fellow winger Lee Jones who had moved across to the opposite flank in search of a chance.

Visser recalled: “I was looking to take my marker on the outside and the defence did well. It was a situation where I knew I had inside support but I couldn’t see who was there when I turned the ball inside.

“The move was well finished by Lee who’s a quality winger who also knows how to score tries by running a fantastic line to hit the ball from depth with pace.

“London Irish were a lot better outfit than Treviso whom we’d beaten away from home the week before. We knew that and spoke about that.

“It was absolutely tremendous how our forwards stood up especially after struggling in the first half at the scrums.

“To come out of that on top was amazing and there was another outstanding performance, too, from our young stand off, Harry Leonard.

“Harry is someone I’ve praised from the start. He has shown tremendous skills in training and I’ve always said he is going to be great. He reminds me of Rory Clegg when I was with him at Newcastle and he is now doing well at Harlequins as the same type of player as Harry, naturally skilled with great ability and a great pass.

“It is important to remember Harry is a young player and some decisions are obviously going to need working on but he has great chances ahead of him.”