Tim Visser marked his first Scotland appearance at Murrayfield with a brace of tries as Scotland crossed the whitewash against New Zealand for the first time in seven years in the 2012 EMC Test.
He returned to international duty on the first game of Scotland's 2014 summer tour having missed most of the domestic season with a leg fracture. He marked his reappearance with his seventh try for Scotland as the USA were beaten 24-6.
Visser had begun his Scotland career in 2012 with two tries - on that occasion against Fiji in Lautoka. Come 2013 and his first RBS 6NC match at Murrayfield - against Italy was also marked with a try. He concluded the 2013 Championship with his sixth try for Scotland – against France in Paris.
Born in Zeewolde, Netherlands, Tim's talent was spotted while he was playing in the Amsterdam Sevens, still a pupil at Christelijk College in Nassau-Veluwe and a member of the Hilversum rugby club. He subsequently came over to County Durham to study at Barnard Castle School and was chosen for the English Schools under-18 team. His three-year sojourn with Newcastle Falcons included spells on loan to Darlington Mowden Park and Northampton Saints, while the latter were in the English Championship first division. Tim also had a notable debut as a 19-year-old for Newcastle Falcons against Worcester Warriors in a Guinness Premiership match in September 2006, taking to the field as a replacement and scoring the winning try in the last play of the game.
He scored a try in each of his first two games for Edinburgh (against Cardiff Blues and Ulster) in September 2009 and a third (against Ospreys) in his fourth match – all of them away from home. A fourth try, his first at Murrayfield, followed in his sixth game, the Heineken Cup win against Ulster on 17 October that year.
In his second season he broke the record for the most tries (with 14) before doing the unthinkable, and upping his game in his third year. With 13 tries in the RaboDirect PRO12, Visser added three in the Heineken Cup, giving a total tally of 17 - his highest contribution yet. Towards the end of the 2011/12 season, fans were delighted to learn that Visser had signed a three-year extension to his contract, which had a year left to run, as he expressed his love for the club and adopted country, for which he becomes eligible on 12 June 2012.
Visser's try-scoring efforts have seen him named in the league's Dream Team every season so far (no other player has done so for three consecutive seasons), scooping the tournament's Young Player of the Season award in his first season and picking up the Player of the Season award in his third.
Rugby runs in the family; his father, Marc, had been the Netherlands’ most-capped rugby player with more than 80 international appearances in the back row, and Tim’s younger brother, Sep, has played for the Dutch national under-18 team.