15 Jan 2013

Maitland in Scotland rugby squad

4:52 am on 15 January 2013

Scotland's interim rugby coach Scott Johnson has included 10 uncapped players, including fast-tracked former Crusaders back Sean Maitland, in a 35-man squad for the Six Nations rugby tournament.

The Australian was promoted from within the backroom staff after head coach Andy Robinson resigned following Scotland's 21-15 loss to Tonga in Aberdeen in November.

Among the uncapped players in the squad aside from former New Zealand Under-20 player Maitland are fullback Peter Murchie, wing Tommy Seymour, centres Alex Dunbar and Peter Horne, and scrum-half Sean Kennedy.

Up front, among those yet to play an international are back-rowers Chris Fusaro and Ryan Wilson, lock Grant Gilchrist and hooker Pat MacArthur.

In all Glasgow, currently second in the Celtic League, provide 19 members with Edinburgh, Scotland's only other professional team, contributing just seven players, and the other nine playing club rugby abroad.

Maitland plays for Glasgow.