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Scotland's NZ-born star calls it a day

NEWS: Saracens revealed that Sean Maitland will retire at the end of the season.

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The wing, who has been at the forefront of the game for well over a decade will hang up his boots after a stellar career both domestically and internationally.

The 35-year-old began his career in New Zealand where he was born, making his debut at the age of just 17, and then the Crusaders at 19.

He represented New Zealand at Under 19s and Under 20s level, as well as the Maori All Blacks before making the move to the Northern Hemisphere.

He joined Glasgow Warriors in 2012 and was quickly recognised on the international front, making his Scotland debut in 2013 and also being called up to the victorious British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia in the same year.

His Scotland career resulted in 53 caps, including both the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

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Joining Saracens from London Irish in 2016, he has played 147 times for the Men in Black and won three Premiership titles and two European crowns during his eight year spell at StoneX Stadium.

His try in the 2019 Final against Leinster was a crucial moment as Sarries secured their third European title at St James’ Park.

Maitland, who will be looking to sign off his trophy-filled career with another Premiership title had these words for everyone at Saracens.

“Saracens is such a special place and I cannot thank everyone enough,” Maitland said, adding: “It is a place I will always treasure and I can’t wait to watch as a fan for years to come.

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“Thanks to everyone who has contributed to making my career so enjoyable from start to finish.”

Director of Rugby Mark McCall praised Maitland’s influence in North London.

“We feel very fortunate to have shared the last eight years with Sean,” McCall said.

“He has been an outstanding competitor on the field and a brilliant teammate off it.

“Sean is loyal, humble, fun and in his own quiet way has played a key role in driving the values we hold dear. He is respected by everyone and will be greatly missed by us all.

“We would like to thank him for his outstanding contribution to the club and wish him, Nava, Lucy, Lilly and Louis all the best for the future.”

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