Andy Robinson has named his squad for Scotland’s three-test tour of Fiji, Samoa and Australia this summer.
Scotland, who picked up the Wooden Spoon in this year’s Six Nations after a dismal campaign, have included five new caps, including Dutch flyer Tim Visser who qualifies on residency grounds after three years with Edinburgh. The others are Glasgow Warriors forwards Ryan Grant, Robert Harley and Tom Ryder and the Edinburgh Rugby back Tom Brown.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson said: “This is a tough tour for Scotland. We’ll be playing against three attack-minded teams on their own turf. But it’s an important opportunity to start the rebuilding process after a disappointing Six Nations. One quarter of the squad has yet to start an international but we’ve seen from the manner in which Edinburgh and Glasgow have finished the domestic season that there’s confidence that we will be looking to build on. “
Visser, who has scored a remarkable 43 tries in 74 appearances for Edinburgh since he joined from Newcastle Falcons three years ago, and has been top try scorer in the RaboDirect PRO12 for the past three seasons, is delighted by his call-up.
In an exclusive video interview with www.scottishrugby.org he said: “I’m very honoured, having lived here for such a long time now I’ve got to know the country and the people very well and I feel very much part of the country. I feel really at home here and the people have been great. I would love to represent Scotland.”
Barclay, Cross, Ford(c), Grant, Gray, Hall, Harley, Kellock, S Lawson, Murray, Rennie, Ryder, Strokosch, Vernon and Welsh.
Ansbro, Blair, Brown, Cusiter, De Luca, Evans,Grove, Hogg, Laidlaw, S Lamont, Scott, Visser and Weir.