Visser's journey a wild rugby ride


28/03/2018



By NSW Waratahs Media unit

Rugby can take us on some amazing journeys and Inge Visser’s story is no exception.

As far as origins go, the NSW Women’s lock began her career on a beach on the other side of the world.

“I started playing in my hometown on an island called Ameland (off the coast of the Netherlands) in a beach rugby tournament. A friend of mine really encouraged me to try it out and I guess that’s how it all started,” Inge said.

“I was 19-years-old.”

After a move to Rotterdam on the country’s mainland to play rugby in the local competition, Visser found herself more immersed in the game than ever.

“I moved over to the big city to Rotterdam which is where I played my rugby,” she said.

“After playing my first year of rugby with the boys, I started up a girls’ team at the club that now plays in the highest division.

“From the moment I started playing rugby, it really grew on me… it became a lifestyle.”

This way of life lead to Visser representing her country at the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow, after which she came across her ticket down under.

“After the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup, I met an Australian bloke who was over in the Netherlands on holidays. He was a shearer and I went to live with him on the family farm. I ended up doing his job and absolutely loving it,” Visser said.

Although it didn’t work out with the shearer, Visser found herself back in club colours – this time in Country NSW.

Visser reflects: “playing rugby for the Cowra Eagles was something I really enjoyed.

“Back then, rugby sevens in NSW was beginning to get some traction and the coach asked me if I wanted to come to Sydney to play in the NSW Sevens team.”

Also featuring for Central West and NSW Country, Visser’s ears pricked up after the Super W competition was officially announced.

“I had two girls from the Netherlands staying at my place at the time. I said ‘we should go to the trial and have a look’ and as soon as we did the drills and were in amongst the group, I really enjoyed it,” she said.

“I was really excited that this competition was actually happening.”
The trials at David Phillips Sporting Complex secured her spot in the team and ultimately, the vice-captaincy.

“Coming from the Netherlands and playing in Australia, it (playing for NSW) is one of the highest honours I have ever achieved. It is such a good experience in an exciting time for women’s rugby and I feel really privileged to be a part of that,” Visser said.

“I want to make sure that NSW ends up on top of the competition and after that, we will see what life will bring.”

Having played all around the globe, Visser admits that rugby presents a special journey for many.

“Rugby is something you can travel all over the world with and everywhere you go, people become part of your rugby family. It’s a great opportunity for girls if they want to see more of the world,” she said.

The NSW Women have a bye in round four before facing the Melbourne Rebels Women at Box Hill Rugby Club on Saturday 7 April at 3:00pm (AEDT).

The NSW Waratahs will make a return to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the first time since 1983 to take on traditional rivals, the Queensland Reds on Saturday 14 April at 7:40pm. To be a part of the historic occasion, head to www.nswwaratahs.com.au/tickets.


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