Sean Maitland called up to Scotland’s Six Nations training camp

Duhan van der Merwe and Kyle Rowe missing due to 'illness', while Josh Bayliss has a concussion

Sean Maitland has been called into Scotland's Six Nations training squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Sean Maitland has been called into Scotland's Six Nations training squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

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.


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9 Comments

  1. I guess he was originally left out due to age. He will be 35 going into the next RWC and unlikely to be in the running. Time to build for that.
    That said, we need him right now and I for one am pleased for him, and for us. Great player, does all the basics well (maybe could kick a bit better) and rarely makes a poor decision

  2. I was surprised Maitland was originally left out so delighted he has been called up – like others c’mon they are clearly isolating due to Covid – we all know so why the charade?

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    • Guess it’s down to ‘medical confidentiality’ – although the RFU are happy to let the world know that Joe Marler has tested positive for COVID….. strange old world.

  3. I was surprised Maitland was originally left out so delighted he has been called up – like others c’mon they are clearly isolating due to Covid – we all know so why the charade?

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  4. Every reference I’ve seen has been to some unqualified mystery ‘illness’, which both have apparently contracted.

    Any chance we could dispense with the charade this year?

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  5. I fully agree. SM brings a calm effectiveness to the back 3 that balances the more excitable approaches of the likes of Hogg and Graham. I think Hogg is more assured and shows better judgement when he has Maitland alongside. If DVDM is not fit I see Maitland starting v England. And he is our best cover for Hogg.

    I’m hopeful that Steyn will develop in the new Maitland. He’s consistently effective with good basics and very reliable.

  6. Maitland a Rolls Royce of a player and has never let Scotland down, perversely some of Scotlands best displays were when Maitland was at 15. (Hogg injured)

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  7. Maitland a Rolls Royce of a player and has never let Scotland down, perversely some of Scotlands best displays were what Maitland was at 15. (Hogg injured)

  8. Good to see Sean Maitland back involved. He brings a calm effectiveness to our back 3 that balances the more excitable approaches of the likes of Hogg and Graham. I do think Hogg is more assured and performs better when Maitland is alongside. Of course, Maitland also brings experienced cover for fullback which was missing in the squad. If DVDM isn’t available there’s a fair chance of Maitland starting versus England.

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