Kilted Kiwi to face Poms
29 Jan 2013
Former Crusaders winger Sean Maitland will make his Test debut for Scotland against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Maitland won the Junior World Championship with New Zealand’s U20 side and played for New Zealand Maori. The 24-year-old joined Glasgow last October and qualifies to play for Scotland through his grandparents.
‘Sean Maitland is very proud to be pulling on the Scotland jersey for the first time,’ said interim coach Scott Johnson. ‘His family will be rapt because they raised him in New Zealand always reminding him of his Scottish heritage, getting up in the early hours of the morning to watch both the Five and Six Nations games on the TV.
‘He’s shown he can play footy with the best of them and the impact he’s made since arriving at Glasgow in the autumn has underlined what we’d seen of him playing for the Crusaders in Super Rugby.’
Johnson has made six changes and one positional switch to the team that lost to Tonga in November, with Sean Lamont moving from wing to centre, Ruaridh Jackson returning at flyhalf with Greig Laidlaw starting at scrumhalf. Loosehead prop Ryan Grant is back from injury, Jim Hamilton returns to the second row and No 8 Johnnie Beattie plays for the first time since August 2011.
Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983.
Scotland – 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Kelly Brown (c), 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Dougie Hall, 1 Ryan Grant.
Subs: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Moray Low, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Alastair Kellock, 20 David Denton, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Max Evans.