We put your questions to our Dutch Rugby Tour ambassador.
We put your questions to our Dutch Rugby ambassador, Tim Visser.
Q. How did you end up playing rugby?
A. I ended up playing rugby because my dad always played. I grew up around our local rugby club and used to watch him as a young kid until I first picked up a rugby ball when I was about 8.
Q. Where is your home club?
A. My home rugby club is Rugby Club Hilversum. They're quite a large rugby club and one of the most successful in the Netherlands! Hilversum have one the National Championship multiple times and have the record for the most National Champ wins in the history of Dutch Rugby. I've played there my whole life and it will always be my club.
Q. How is rugby progressing in the Netherlands?
A. Rugby in Holland is going really well, the National team is progressing up the ladder and are now back in the top 30 in the World which is brilliant! The domestic league is also really strong with some of the championship teams performing really well. The standard would probably be similar to, if not higher than premiership rugby in Scotland if not catching up with some of the English Championship clubs.
What is your greatest rugby memory?
A. I'd say my greatest rugby memory has to be beating Wales with Scotland at Murrayfield. I managed to set up a try, score a try and stop a try. Pretty special day!
Q. Who is your all-time favourite tour roommate?
A. Over the years I'd probably say Jamie Roberts! We were always on a similar schedule, both enjoyed playing computer games, eating chocolate and have a bit of craic.
Q. Since retiring, what do you miss most about the game?
A. The changing room more than anything. Being around other guys, playing rugby with you best mates is just fantastic. There are times after a game when you've one and you're having a beer, it's just brilliant. So yeah I miss that the most!
Q. What is your favourite place in the Netherlands?
A. My favourite place to visit in the Netherlands would probably be Amsterdam. It's got something for everyone, huge lively City with a lot of great things to see. I'd recommend you get in and amongst it and enjoy yourself!
Q. Do you have any Dutch food recommendations for our tourists?
A. If touring to Holland you have to try the local delicacies, Kroket, Frikandellen and obviously the famous chips, they're fantastic. 100% make sure you get yourself into a snack bar.
Q. What are Tim Visser's 2020 Six Nations Predictions?
A. For me, I think it's between England and Wales for the Grand Slam. Ireland look strong as always, but I am most interested to see how Scotland will bounce back from the World-Cup disappointment.