The Ridiculous Reason Sean Maitland Has Been Left Out Of Scotland’s Squad To Face France
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Scotland winger Sean Maitland was a notable exclusion in their squad to take on France on Friday in their rearranged Six Nations fixture – but he’s not injured.
The Saracens man started the win against Italy at the weekend and is a key player for Gregor Townsend’s men but will miss out on the game under the terms of the player-release deal struck with PRL, the umbrella group that represents England’s top clubs.
Essentially Scotland were limited to how many English-based players they could select for the game which falls outside the window – through no fault of their own with the game postponed originally because of a COVID outbreak in the French camp.
According to Scottish Daily Mail rugby correspondent what this really boils down to is Scotland not paying enough compensation to English Premiership clubs so they would have full access to their players.
Crazy to think that a player is being stopped from representing their national side because of money. A real shame to see this happening in our sport.
And just to clarify, while Saracens are in the Championship, they are still a part of Premiership Rugby as one of 13 stakeholders, hence why he still falls into this bracket.
Madness to think Maitland will miss out on playing against France in the Six Nations to be available for a Championship fixture with a side who have several international back-three players at their disposal with or without him.
Sean Maitland would have played for Scotland v France but won’t because not enough compensation money was paid to English Premiership clubs for his release. Wales chances to win the 6Nations and Scotland’s chances of victory in Paris have been diminished due to money. Disgraceful
— Rob Robertson (@SDM_Robertson) March 22, 2021
Real shame Sean Maitland can’t play this weekend. A disgrace really. Missing out on the opportunity to put Scotland in 2nd place in the table and the chance to put himself in shop window for a Lions tour.
— John Barclay (@johnbarc86) March 23, 2021
Real shame to see Sean Maitland miss Scotland game in Paris on Friday due to a limit on number of English-based players available. Hugely important figure in back-line and in great form, so only fair that France drop Antoine Dupont as a result. Yours sincerely, Wales.
— Andrew Cotter (@MrAndrewCotter) March 22, 2021