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Tim Visser to retire from professional rugby at the end of the season

Tim Visser to retire from professional rugby at the end of the season

Harlequins can today announce that winger and former Scotland international Tim Visser will retire at the end of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership Rugby season, having made 66 appearances for the club.

Affectionately known by supporters as “The Flying Dutchman”, Visser joined Harlequins in 2015 from Edinburgh Rugby and scored ten tries for the club in his debut season.

Before his six-year spell in the Scottish capital, Visser played for Newcastle Falcons having been discovered playing rugby sevens in the Netherlands; the country of his birth.

Visser made his international debut for Scotland in 2012 against Fiji where he scored a brace of tries in Lautoka. He also represented his country in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and scored against USA in the pool stages.

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Since then Visser’s prolific try-scoring ability ensured he was a regular in both Scotland’s and Harlequins’ starting XVs. The winger’s Harlequins debut came against Bath Rugby in October 2015 in Premiership Rugby, with Visser scoring his first try for the club against Sale Sharks a week later. 

He became a stalwart in the side and played a key role in the team reaching the European Rugby Challenge Cup final that same season.

Visser was the club’s top try scorer in their 150th anniversary season with 11 tries in 20 appearances, including a breakaway try against Saracens at home.

At the conclusion of a prolific individual season in 2018 for Harlequins, where he racked up nine tries in all competitions including a dramatic winning score against Saracens at the Stoop, and a brace at Big Game 10, Visser announced his retirement from international rugby. Across his 33 Scotland appearances, the winger scored 14 tries.

Speaking on his retirement, Visser said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Harlequins for the opportunity to be part of such a fantastic club. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

“I feel now is the time for me to move on to new challenges outside of rugby with my young family. I’m looking forward to trying and proving myself in a completely different career.”

Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard added: “Tim has enjoyed an exceptional career and he has been a fantastic servant over the past three seasons here at Harlequins. I have thoroughly enjoyed his company and have always respected his commitment, attitude and humour since I joined the club last July.

“He is an immensely valued and very popular member of the squad whom we will miss. We all wish him and his family the very best as he embarks on a new adventure.”

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