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And having made just five appearances for Glasgow Warriors prior to his international call-up, Maitland impressed many, including former Scotlandfull-back Gavin Hastings who has backed him to make Warren Gatland’s Lions squad.
The 24-year-old now is hoping to prove Hastings right – but even if he isn’t selected Maitland says he will remain proud of his debut season in Scottish colours.
“There is a slight chance,” he told the Scotsman, when asked about Lions selection. “It’s going to be a tough team to make. There are lots of class players around, especially on the outside.
“Playing for the Lions would be the ultimate, but honestly, playing for Scotland has already made my year.”
Maitland qualifies for Scotland though his grandfather, and could face his cousin Quade Cooper, the Australia fly-half, if he makes the Lions XV.
Cooper, like Maitland, was born in New Zealand, but he made a closer switch by choosing to represent the Wallabies.
“It really is a bit of a fantasy that we might line up against each other this summer,” said Maitland. “I’d love it to happen.”