Six Nations 2015: Sean Maitland added to Scotland squad for England
New Zealand-born wing in contention for Scotland recall if he can overcome shoulder problem with Sean Lamont ruled out
Sean Maitland has replaced his injured Glasgow Warriors team-mate Sean Lamont in the Scotland training squad preparing to face England on Saturday.
Dark Blues head coach Vern Cotter has also drafted in Edinburgh Rugby hooker Stuart McInally as cover for Ross Ford, who is recovering from back spasms, which occurred during Scotland’s agonising 22-19 defeat to Italy at BT Murrayfield in the RBS 6 Nations earlier this month.
Maitland, 26, has missed Scotland’s opening three matches of the championship after sustaining a shoulder injury in the Warriors’ European Champions Cup defeat to Bath at the end of January.
Lamont, who started in the defeats against Wales and Italy, has been ruled out of the rest of the championship after going off late in the Warriors’ 26-5 win over Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 on Friday night.
Cotter had released all four of his wingers to get game time with their Scottish clubs last week, before calling back Warriors wing Tommy Seymour as a precaution.
Warriors winger Seymour, who missed the defeat against Wales with a hip problem, is likely to retain his place in the side for the Calcutta Cup clash with Lamont replaced on the opposite by Maitland, if he overcomes his shoulder problem, or Edinburgh’s Tim Visser, who started the opening-round defeat to France on the left wing.
Uncapped McInally, who has captained Scotland at age-grade level, was an unused replacement against South Africa in 2012, but the 24-year-old has since completed a transition from number eight to hooker after serving a spell on loan in the English championship with Bristol.
He made his first start in the front row for Edinburgh in their 29-8 win at Benetton Treviso on Saturday evening.
Scotland also confirmed that centre/stand-off Peter Horne will begin graduated return-to-play protocols on Monday after going off in the first half of the Warriors’ win on Friday with concussion.
The 25-year-old started the defeat to Italy at stand-off with club team-mate Finn Russell ruled out after failing to overturn a two-week ban for taking out Dan Biggar in the air during Scotland’s 26-23 defeat to Wales last month.
But Russell is expected to return to Cotter’s starting XV when Scotland line up on Saturday afternoon, looking for a first win at Twickenham since 1983.