Maitland Signs On For Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors today pulled off another major signing coup, landing Crusaders back-three star Sean Maitland.

The 24-year-old Canterbury man, who plays on the wing or at full-back, is one of Super Rugby’s exciting talents and scored when the Crusaders played at Twickenham in 2011.

Since making his Super Rugby debut in 2008, Maitland has scored some 24 tries, equalling the record for the most individual touchdowns in a single tournament game when he crossed the whitewash four times against the Brumbies in 2011.

He also has arguably a greater claim to fame, having appeared in Rugbydump’s Friday funnies for wiping out referee Chris Pollock.

He has represented New Zealand at Under 19 and Under 20 level, but one imagines the SRU have done their checking this time around, as he qualifies to play for Scotland courtesy of  both his paternal Grandparents who were born in Glasgow and could in theory be parachuted straight into the national squad Brendan Laney style. Though possibly without quite the same sized hole in the landing zone.

Maitland’s Twitter page pronounces himself “1/2 scottish 1/4 maori 1/4 samoan (full kiwi)”. So we’ll see; but that’s half more than many that have gone before.

Speaking of Twitter, former Scotland standoff Craig Chalmers suggested Maitland would feature for Scotland pretty soon, telling me earlier “he is here to play for Scotland and I think they should integrate him into the squad ASAP.”

If that were to happen, he’d need to play for Glasgow a few times first you’d think and there is also talk of a hand injury so it may be more wishful thinking than a going concern at this stage, especially with Scotland’s training squad to face the All Blacks announced tomorrow.

The Six Nations could be a real possibility though, and thoughts of a Visser/Hogg/Maitland back three might soothe the most jaded of rugby souls (ie Edinburgh fans) at least for a while.

Subject to medical and visa, he will join up with the Warriors squad in the coming weeks, having put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at Scotstoun Stadium until at least the end of May 2015.

Maitland has strong family lineage in the game, being a cousin of Wallabies pivot Quade Cooper.

I’m off to see if he’s a relative.

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9 comments on “Maitland Signs On For Glasgow

  1. OorDrew on

    Fantastic signing, particularly so soon after Strauss. Would like to think that Daryl Gibson had something to do it.

    Agree with the article that a back three of Visser/Hogg/Maitland looks amazing … couldn’t have begun to imagine this possibility this time last year.

  2. Ray on

    A great finisher, wasn’t far away from making the All Blacks last season, terrific work rate. He ran riot playing outside the likes of Robbie Freuan, Sonny Bill, Carter, etc. but doesn’t quite have that gamebreaker ability of say a Hosea Gear or even a Tim Visser. Will be interesting to see how he beds in and adjusts but an excellent all round signing who could well be in a blue shirt before long.

    • Rory Baldwin on

      So what you’re saying is really instead of Strauss, Nel, Maitland etc, that Lineen and Johnson should be scouring the globe for a qualified centre or two? Don’t tell Al K he’s been saying it for years.

  3. Ewen C on

    He looks like a very good signing for Glasgow (and Scotland). Looks like he’d offer a bit more physicality on the wing for Scotland than Lee Jones does, and a bit more skill than Sean Lamont does. Should be a good and welcome addition!

  4. Brodie on

    I read in the New Zealand press that when Maitland injured his hand back in August the Crusaders medical people were concerned enough that they pulled a surgeon they knew was in the crowd out to have a look at it. Lineen is also quoted in today’s Herald (24/10/2012) as stating that because of this injury Maitland has not played any rugby for a couple of months.

  5. Dave on

    Rory, I would say finding some Scots qualified fly halves is more of a priority, but a couple of extra centres wouldn’t harm.

  6. gus on

    fly halfs?? we have weir, albeit injured at the moment, AR needs to pair him up with laidlaw at scrum half!
    maitland, visser and hogg sounds great. just need our centres to recover, ansbro, bennett, and for evans and scott to bond. Agree sean lamont would do a job as supersub.

  7. Dave on

    Yes we have Weir but as you said he’s injured at the moment. That leaves Jackson who has still to convince and a 9 playing at 10. We really need a few more options at 10

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