SEAN MAITLAND is set to become the latest “kilted Kiwi” when he makes his debut for Scotland in their Six Nations opener against England in London on Saturday.
24-year-old Maitland won the under-20 World Cup with New Zealand and played for the Maori All Blacks, but has switched allegiance to Scotland after he joined Glasgow from the Crusaders in October.
He is eligible through his grandparents.
“Sean Maitland is very proud to be pulling on the Scotland jersey for the first time,” coach Scott Johnson said in a statement.
“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.”