Scotland v Italy: Player to watch is Sean Maitland

Sean Maitland will be one of Scotland's key players against Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday

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Sean Maitland could hardly have hoped for a better start to his international career after the wing marked his Scotland debut with an early try against England at Twickenham last weekend.

The New Zealand-born 24-year-old touched down after just 10 minutes against the Red Rose to offer the visitors brief hope, before England eventually ran out comfortable winners.

Maitland's display was one of the few positives for Scotland to take away from their Six Nations opener. He showed no signs of first-cap nerves and underlined his ability in style with a fine all-round performance.

So fans heading to Murrayfield for Scotland's clash with Italy this weekend are in for a treat as Maitland, whose grandparents are both Scottish, gears up for his home debut.

Followers of the exciting wing at club level will need no reminding of the instant impact he has had at Glasgow Warriors after arriving at the club back in October - and after his performance at Twickenham, Scotland fans should be excited by his potential.

Maitland, who has risen above Scotland's other wing contenders thanks to his flying start to life at Glasgow after scoring one try in five starts, looks more than ready to carry that form onto the international stage.

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