Scotland ready to give former New Zealand Maori star Sean Maitland his debut
Sean Maitland was a controversial pick in the Scotland squad but he could be a star of the Six Nations.
Last Updated: 28/01/13 3:08pm
With the media spotlight focused on Tim Visser ahead of the flying Dutchman's Six Nations bow, Maitland's selection has rather slipped under the radar outside Scotland.
But the 24-year-old winger or full-back could be a key player for Scotland for years to come.
Maitland grew up in New Zealand and won the World Cup at U19 and U20 level with the Kiwis, and has also played for New Zealand Maori.
Full national honours eluded him but Scotland is not his 'adopted country'.
Maitland's father is Scottish, whilst his mother's side of the family is of Samoan and Maori descent. Scottish, Samoan, Maori - a potent mix.
Maitland was a regular scorer for the Crusaders, famously scoring a Super 15 record-equalling four tries against the Brumbies in 2011, and he is genuinely quick.
Scotland and Saracens back-row Kelly Brown admitted that of all the new players in the squad, Maitland is the one he can't wait to see in action. "He has some serious wheels," Brown admitted.
Nick de Luca is out injured so Maitland could go straight into the team and with Visser on the other flank and Stuart Hogg at full-back, the Scots really do have a potent back-three.