Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish has confirmed Scotland Rugby star Sean Maitland will join the club at the end of the season from Scottish Rugby giants the Glasgow Warriors.
The 26 year old, who is a full international for Scotland, has agreed a multi-year contract with the Exiles as the team looks to rebuild following the departure of long time Director of Rugby Brian Smith and the arrival of Tom Coventry as the club’s new boss.
He can play both at wing and full back. Born in New Zealand, Maitland has 15 caps for the Scotland national team and was part of the Scotland Rugby contingent that toured Australia in 2013 with the British and Irish Lions.
Speaking upon signing a contract at the club, Maitland said that the club was doing all it can to return to the top of European rugby and he feels excited to be a part of that project and is hopeful that he will be able to play a major role in their revival.
Earlier this week, the Exiles announced that Ben Franks, the All Blacks prop has signed a contract with the club and will make the move to England at the end of the season.
Bob Casey, who is currently the operations director at the London club said that Sean Maitland has proven his quality as an international with Scotland and his exploits with the Glasgow Warriors and Scotland Rugby have not gone unnoticed south of the border.
Casey added that he is at the right age, has a great character and wants to be a part of the long term planning for the Exiles and that made the move for him a lot easier. Casey added that his signing indicates the club is serious about challenging for titles again.