Sean Maitland 'honoured by whirlwind British and Irish Lions adventure'

Maitland 'honoured by whirlwind Lions chance'
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Sean Maitland says that he is lucky to be a part of the British and Irish Lions side to face Australia.

Scotland wing Sean Maitland has expressed his gratitude at being a part of the British and Irish Lions squad for their summer tour of Australia.

The Glasgow Warriors player has been included in the 23-man party to face the Wallabies in the opening Test of the series on Saturday.

However, Maitland admits that he wasn't even contemplating a call-up to the Lions until a few months ago.

"It's been a crazy 12 months," said Maitland. "As I've been saying, it's been a rollercoaster ride for me and it's pretty crazy where I am, playing the Wallabies and on the pitch for the Lions. It's an honour and it's been a whirlwind. [The Lions] never really entered my mind until after the Six Nations. It just happened to be a Lions year when I came over to Scotland.

"It takes me away sometimes when I think about it, I have to pinch myself to realise what I've achieved in a short amount of time. I am very lucky and things have gone well for me. I have to pinch myself because this is crazy. Seven months ago I was still a grass-roots player and now I'm playing against my old coach [Robbie Deans].

"There's been a massive rivalry with Australia growing up so it's going to be crazy. It's going to be a really tough game, we know that, and it's going to be a hell of a spectacle."

The Lions face the Wallabies in Brisbane at 11.05am on Saturday.

Scotland's Sean Maitland celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against England on February 2, 2013
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