Maitland starts Scottish stint

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:47
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Sean Maitland has arrived in Glasgow and says his focus is on helping the Warriors become the first Scottish side to win a major European club competition.

New Zealand-born wing Sean Maitland has arrived in Glasgow and says his focus is on helping the Warriors become the first Scottish side to win a major European club competition.

Maitland built a reputation as a lethal finisher for the Crusaders following his debut in Super Rugby in 2008. He notched up 24 tries in the competition, including scoring four in one game in 2011 to equal the single match record.

He has joined the Glasgow Warriors on a deal which will see him stay with the club until at least May 2015 and says he is eager to add value to the club.

Maitland told www.glasgowwarriors.org: “I really want to hit the ground running with the Warriors but I know that I’ve got a lot of work to do to get into this team.

“There is a really strong side being put together here at Scotstoun and the competition for places is immense. It’s a sign of the ambition and I want to play my part in that.”

The 24-year-old, who won world titles with the New Zealand Under-19 and Under-20 sides, had been courted by other Super Rugby sides before committing to the country of his grandparents, both of whom were born in Glasgow.

“I have a lot of strong family connections with Scotland so the chance to live and play in Glasgow is a very exciting opportunity,” he said.

“I’m aware that people have already talked about representing national teams but my focus is on performing well for the Warriors and if that leads to other opportunities, that will be a bonus.

Glasgow Warriors head coach, Gregor Townsend, said: “It’s great to welcome Sean to Scotstoun and have him on board as we enter a crucial stage of the season.

“We’ve got some big games coming up, starting this Friday at Munster, and this is a great boost for the club.

“We know the quality Sean brings, his scoring record in Super Rugby speaks for itself, but he knows he has to earn his place in the team as we have a lot of quality in the back division here.

“I’ll be looking for him to work hard in training and earn the chance to show the supporters what he’s all about.”

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Team P W D L Pts
Munster 22 19 0 3 86
Leinster 22 18 0 4 85
Scarlets 22 17 0 5 77
Ospreys 22 14 0 8 69
Ulster 22 14 1 7 68
Glasgow Warriors 22 11 0 11 58
Cardiff Blues 22 11 1 10 53
Connacht 22 9 0 13 44
Edinburgh 22 6 0 16 31
Treviso 22 5 0 17 23
Dragons 22 4 0 18 23
Zebre 22 3 0 19 19