Saracens - In Focus: New arrival Sean Maitland

Jun 06, 2016

In Focus: New arrival Sean Maitland

Scotland flyer Sean Maitland has put pen to paper on a two-year deal to join Saracens.

The New Zealand born wing or full-back in one of six new recruits to join the reigning Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup winners.

On his move to north London, Maitland said: "When I was approached about joining Saracens I had no hesitation in accepting the opportunity to join up with their squad.

“The results they have achieved this season speak for themselves but what really appealed was the burning desire from the coaches to continuously improve and evolve. I think the surface at Allianz Park will suit my game and I look forward to meeting up with my new teammates in the summer.

“I've really enjoyed my time at London Irish this season despite the obvious disappointment in getting relegated. There are some great people and players there, and I am sure that the talent within the squad will see them back in the Premiership in 2017/18.”

Here we take a closer look at Sean.

Getting to know Sean Maitland

Part of the New Zealand under-19 team that won the World Cup in 2007, and the under-20 side that scooped the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship.

Signed for the Crusaders and featured in every game as they powered their way to the Super 12 title in 2008. He followed Super Rugby success with domestic silverware as he helped Canterbury claim the Air New Zealand Cup in 2009.

Amassed 50 caps and 24 tries for the New Zealand franchise, including a record-equalling four tries against the Brumbies in 2011.

Moved to Glasgow Warriors in 2012 scoring ten tries in 39 games in a three year spell at Scotstoun Stadium.

Qualifies for Scotland via his paternal Grandparents. His Grandfather Stan was a welder from Glasgow.

Scored on his Scotland debut against England at Twickenham Stadium in February 2013

Was named as one of four wingers in the British and Irish Lions squad that toured Australia in 2013

Made the switch to London Irish for the beginning of the 2015/16 season, and scored four tries in 17 appearances in a difficult season for the Exiles.

Maitland is the cousin of Australian star Quade Cooper and is a close relative of the Stanley family that also includes former All Blacks Joe Stanley, Jeremy Stanley, Benson Stanley plus Kiwi RL star Chase Stanley.

Studied at Hamilton Boys' High School whose notable sporting Alumni includes Black Caps cricketing legend Scott Styris, current All Black scrum half Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Wales, British and Irish Lions coaching guru Warren Gatland.

Has played with current Saracens players Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt and Mako Vunipola for the British and Irish Lions and has lined-up alongside Kelly Brown, Jim Hamilton and Duncan Taylor for Scotland.

Follow Sean on Instagram (@sean_maitland)

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