Tim Visser

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Tim Visser
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Birth nameTim Jan Willem Visser
Date of birth (1987-05-29) 29 May 1987 (age 36)
Place of birth De Bilt, Province of Utrecht, Netherlands
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) [1]
Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb; 240 lb)
School Christelijk College Nassau-Veluwe
Barnard Castle School
Notable relative(s) Sep Visser
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Full-Back
Senior career
2007–2009 Newcastle Falcons 57 (65)
2010–2015 Edinburgh Rugby 130 (345)
2015–2019 Harlequins 57 (150)
International career
Correct as of 24 June 2017

Tim Visser ( [ˈtɪm ˈvɪ.sər] born 29 May 1987) is a Dutch rugby union player, who played as a winger for the Scotland national team and for English club Harlequins.


Early life

Visser was born in De Bilt, Netherlands. He was brought up in Maartensdijk and played for RC Hilversum, the club where his father played. [2] He joined the Newcastle Falcons Academy as a teenager, after having been spotted playing in the Amsterdam Sevens. On moving to England he joined Barnard Castle School and went on to represent England Schools at under-18 level in 2005.

Newcastle Falcons

Having signed a two-year contract with Newcastle in April 2007, he started the 2007–08 season on loan with the recently relegated Northampton Saints. [3]

Visser made his competitive debut in the English Premiership on 8 September 2006 against Worcester, coming on as a substitute and scoring the winning try. He played a further 10 games for the Falcons in his first season, scoring four tries in total, before finishing the season on loan to Darlington Mowden Park, a National Division Three club. [4]

The 2008–09 season saw Visser add another five tries for Newcastle in 21 appearances, but at the end of the season he chose to sign for the Celtic League club Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Rugby

Visser was the top try scorer in the Pro12 league in each of his first four seasons for Edinburgh.

In his first season in the Scottish capital Visser became top scorer in the Magners League with 10 tries, winning the Young Player of the Season Award and being named in the Magners League Dream Team. In the 2010–11 season he again became top try scorer with 14 tries. He was again included in the Magners League Dream Team. Visser finished the 2011–12 Pro12 season with 13 tries, again being the league's top try scorer. With Edinburgh, Visser also reached the semi-finals of the 2011–12 Heineken Cup, scoring four tries in total during the competition, and was selected for the third consecutive season to the RaboDirect Pro12 Dream Team. In addition he was voted the Player's Player of the Season. [5]

In March 2015 it was announced that Visser would move on from Edinburgh at the end of the season to join Harlequins. [6]


On 29 May 2011, his 24th birthday, Visser made his debut for the Barbarians against England. Visser scored two tries, including a last effort try which saw the Barbarians snatch away the victory from England at Twickenham.

International career

Visser opted not to play for the Netherlands in order to become eligible to play test rugby for one of the Home Nations. World Rugby eligibility rules state that a player may play for a country's national team after 3 years of residency. Visser stated in 2011 that he wished to play for Scotland when he became eligible in June 2012. [7] Scotland coach Andy Robinson named Visser to the 28-player squad for Scotland's tour of Oceania in June 2012. [8] He completed his three years of residency on 12 June and thus was not available for the match in Australia on 5 June, but was available for their two remaining tests against Fiji and Samoa. [8] [9]

Visser made his Scotland debut against Fiji on 16 June and scored two tries in a 37–25 win. [10] [11] Visser made his home debut against New Zealand on 11 November 2012 during the autumn internationals, scoring two tries.

Two tries in the defeat of Italy in August 2015 helped Visser clinch a place in the 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

On 3 May 2018 Tim Visser announced his retirement from international rugby. [12] [13]

International tries

[1–2]Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Lautoka, Fiji Churchill Park Summer Tour 2012
[3–4]Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium Autumn Test 2012
[5]Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium Six Nations 2013
[6]Flag of France.svg  France Saint-Denis, France Stade de France Six Nations 2013
[7]Flag of the United States.svg  United States Houston, USA BBVA Compass Summer Tour 2014
[8–9]Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium World Cup warm-up 2015
[10]Flag of the United States.svg  United States Leeds, England Elland Road 2015 Rugby World Cup 2015
[11]Flag of France.svg  France Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium Six Nations 2016
[12]Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium Six Nations 2017
[13]Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Edinburgh, Scotland Murrayfield Stadium Six Nations 2017
[14]Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Singapore National Stadium Summer Tour 2017


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