SEAN MAITLAND has been called up to Scotland’s Six Nations training camp in west Edinburgh during the early part of this week, with fellow back-three men Kyle Rowe and Duhan van der Merwe both absent at the moment due to illness.
The 33-year-old has been capped 53 times by Scotland since his debut against England back in 2013 with his most recent match being against Italy last March.
He missed out on the national team’s final outing of last year’s Six Nations, that famous win in France, because head coach Gregor Townsend was limited to selecting only give English-based players for that match which had been rescheduled outside the international window following a Covid outbreak in the French squad.
Maitland was then not involved in Scotland’s Autumn series with Townsend using those four matches as an opportunity to give emerging players such as Rufus McLean and Kyle Steyn game time, but the coach insisted at the time that the Saracens man was still very much part of the selection mix.
Back-row Josh Bayliss has also missed the Scotland camp this week due to concussion.