Crusader winger Maitland joins Glasgow

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    Crusaders winger Sean Maitland has farewelled a promising New Zealand rugby career to sign with Scottish club Glasgow Warriors.

    The 24-year-old former New Zealand age group standout and 2010 New Zealand Maori representative has signed a contract, subject to a medical and visa clearance, starting next month to keep him at the club until 2015.

    The move could have international implications, with Maitland qualified to represent Scotland through his Glasgow-born paternal grandparents and he has never represented the All Blacks.

    He came closest to national honours last year following a bright attacking Super Rugby season with the Crusaders. His highlights were a memorable two-try performance against the Sharks in their match at Twickenham and a competition record-equalling haul of four against the Brumbies.

    Maitland has scored 24 tries in 54 Super Rugby games since his 2008 debut but this year’s campaign was ruined by injury and subsequent mixed form.

    Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend said securing Maitland’s signature was a coup for the club.

    “The back three is an area of the team where we already have a number of excellent options, and Sean will provide a further layer of quality as we enter another busy phase of the season,” Townsend told the club’s website.

    Tokoroa-born Maitland is a cousin of Australian international Quade Cooper.

    Maitland is the second high-profile addition to the Warriors ranks from Super Rugby in as many months following the signing South African Josh Strauss, the former Lions captain and No.8.

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    • October 24th 2012 @ 6:31am
      Mat said | October 24th 2012 @ 6:31am | ! Report

      I woundnt be surprised if he ended up playing for Scotland at the 2015 RWC. With is talent he would walk right in.

      another nz u20 player lost.

      Good luck mate.

      • October 24th 2012 @ 12:20pm
        atlas said | October 24th 2012 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

        why wait for RWC – he can potentially play for Scotland next month when the SH teams are on tour, or at least in the 6 Nations tournament.
        Ex NZ U-19, NZ U-20, NZ Maori.
        If he had not signed this contract he’d have been on the NZ Maori northern tour next month.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 9:18am
      Roscoe said | October 24th 2012 @ 9:18am | ! Report

      Like “Wallaby Mike” Harris he is having a crack elsewhere. Always thought he was talented. May have had more opportunities at another NZ franchise. Good luck Sean.

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      October 24th 2012 @ 12:06pm
      Brett McKay said | October 24th 2012 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

      I reckon it’s about time Scotland started developing their own players… ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • October 24th 2012 @ 11:57pm
        Matt said | October 24th 2012 @ 11:57pm | ! Report

        Brett, was this a sarcastic comment or do you actually think Scotland should start developing their own players?
        They do have a pretty poor history of ‘repatriating’ long lost grandsons and yet haven’t really improved because of this, yet they have now upped the scale of the same flawed plan. They have tried to start investing more in youngsters, but if you were to use the wages paid to Maitland you could easily hire a dozen development officers to start getting more kids/schools to take up the game.

        If it takes IRB rule change intervention to start national Unions investing more sustainably then I’m all for it!

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        October 25th 2012 @ 12:22am
        biltongbek said | October 25th 2012 @ 12:22am | ! Report

        Their supporters don’t care Brett, on other websites they have already discussed his inclusion in the scottish team for this november.

        They are jubilant about it.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 12:59pm
      RebelRanger said | October 24th 2012 @ 12:59pm | ! Report

      Only promising if he was Australian. No way he was going to be a regular AB.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 8:29pm
      Johnno said | October 24th 2012 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

      The IRB should change the eligibility status to 5 years, you have to be in a country, and scrap the grandparent rule, parents only.
      Yes I agree the grandparent rule and eligibility rule of 3 years in country helps create depth, but credibility wise it is not good for world rugby. And it works both ways , developing countries also lose players, not just the top tier 1 nations.

      • October 26th 2012 @ 10:32am
        Bakkies said | October 26th 2012 @ 10:32am | ! Report

        Johnno. A UK born (Scottish in this case) Grandparent entitles him to a UK passport and ancestry visa which classes him as British. That is good enough for the IRB. If you don’t like that contact the UK Home Office.

    • October 24th 2012 @ 8:29pm
      Johnno said | October 24th 2012 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

      The IRB should change the eligibility status to 5 years, you have to be in a country, and make parents only.
      I agree eligibility rule of 3 years in country helps create depth, but credibility wise it is not good for world rugby. And it works both ways , developing countries also lose players, not just the top tier 1 nations

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