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Paterson backs Edinburgh team-mate for Scotland honours

Guinness PRO12 Editor

29 Dec 2011

Recently-retired Scotland full-back cum fly-half Chris Paterson has added his voice to the growing call for Edinburgh teammate Tim Visser to secure international honours.

Holland-born Visser bagged himself two scores on Boxing Day as the Gunners drew 23-23 with Scottish rivals Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield in the RaboDirect PRO12.

Those scores took the Dutch wing – who qualifies for Scotland in the summer – to ten RaboDirect PRO12 tries this term from just ten games.

And while Visser, 24, will not be eligible in time for the RBS 6 Nations campaign which kicks off in February 109-cap Paterson is adamant Scotland boss Andy Robinson should be getting well aquanited with Visser as soon as he is eligible.

“'Vis is unbelievable at finishing — you can obviously see that from his try count — but it's his ability in getting to the line that stands out, as we saw in the first game,'' said Paterson. ''He needed the TMO both times but he held off the last defender to get the verdict.

''His record means he's getting closely marked now, but he's still having a massive influence — that's how strong and powerful he is. The more space he has the better, but he's great in contact, he fights hard and makes yards if you get him quality ball.

''As a physical specimen he's fantastic, big and fast, but balanced as well, and strong. He's getting better every game he plays and he's been outstanding defensively this season as well, and some people had questioned his defence.''