Edinburgh winger Tim Visser has been named in the Barbarians squad for their match against England at Twickenham on Sunday.
Visser, who will become eligible for Scotland selection next year, stands to team up with such stars of the modern game as Doug Howlett, Ruan Pienaar, Carl Hayman, Matthieu Bastareaud, George Smith, Martyn Williams and Sergio Parisse as well as rugby league powerhouse Willie Mason, who will join Toulon next season.
The 23-year-old’s selection is reward for his outstanding, and compellingly consistent, try-scoring prowess in two years with the Edinburgh.
Visser’s first full campaign in the professional game (2010/11), saw him top the Magners League scoring charts, voted the competition’s Young Player of the Season and selected for its Dream Team.
This year, meanwhile, the former Newcastle Falcons man broke the record for the most individual tries in a Magners League season, made the Dream Team once again and was on the shortlist for the tournament’s Players’ Player of the Season.
He recently committed the prime years of his career to Edinburgh, signing a two-year contract extension that will keep him in in the capital until at least the end of May 2013.
Visser today declared himself “thrilled” to have received the Barbarians call-up, and vowed to “honour the traditions” of the famous black and white hooped jersey, which he will wear in tandem with his Edinburgh socks.
“It’s a fantastic privilege to be selected in the squad: you only have to look at the calibre of the names in the group to know how much of an honour this is,” he said.
“It’s really inspiring to think about the players who have worn that shirt and the great achievements they recorded in the game.
“When you’re growing up and learning about the sport, playing for the Barbarians is one of the things you dream about, so to think it might actually happen this weekend is exciting beyond belief.
“I’d like to thank the players and coaches at Edinburgh who have made me feel so welcome over the last two years – the fact I feel so at home at the club and with how we play the game has been a big part of the good run of form I’ve enjoyed.”
Full Barbarians squad:
Backs: Benoit Baby (Clermont), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais), Doug Howlett (Munster), Brock James (Clermont), Nicolas Jeanjean (Brive), Willie Mason (Toulon), Frederic Michalak (Toulouse), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster), Seru Rabini (La Rochelle), Paul Sackey (Toulon), Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Castres Olympique), Tim Visser (Edinburgh)
Forwards: Sebastien Bruno (Toulon), Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso), Carl Hayman (Toulon), Davit Kubriashvili (Toulon), Erik Lund (Biarritz), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais), Salvatore Perugini (Aironi), George Smith (Toulon), Iosefa Tekori (Castres Olympique), Iestyn Thomas (Scarlets), Paul Tito (Cardiff Blues), Joe van Niekerk (Toulon), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues)
Coaches: David Young, Scott Johnson