Sunday 25 February 2018

Kiwi Maitland tells of pride at playing for his adopted home of Scotland

ADOPTED Scot Sean Maitland insists he will be as proud as any of his team-mates when he pulls on the dark blue jersey in the RBS 6 Nations opener with England.

The New Zealand-born wing will be handed his Scotland debut by interim head coach Scott Johnson when the team runs out at Twickenham for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash.

But despite being born and raised half way around the world, 24-year-old Maitland says he will be fulfilling a life-long ambition when he finally represents the land of his Glasgow-born grandparents.

His father used to wake him in the middle of the night to watch Scotland compete in the Six Nations but the 'Kilted Kiwi' claims he is now honoured to be the one running out in dark blue.

He said: "I'm very proud to be given the opportunity to start by Johnno - it's very special and I'm very proud.

"My parents are happy for me too. They are very proud and talking to my dad, he's a man of little emotion, but he definitely showed a lot of emotion when I told him the news.

"My aunty and uncle are flying up for the game from Johannesburg, and if I get to play the next few games, my mum and dad will hopefully come over too."

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport