Kiwi’s son and fly-half has been confirmed in the Provincial Barbarians squad for tour opener
WARREN GATLAND’S son is set to take on the Lions in their first game in New Zealand.
Fly-half Bryn, 21, son of Lions chief Gatland, has been picked in the squad for the opening New Zealand Provincial Barbarians game in Whangarei a week on Saturday.
Gatland junior from North Harbour will be part of the side gunning for the Lions who arrive in the Southern Hemisphere rugby stronghold on Wednesday afternoon and play their first match just 72 hours later.
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Provincial Barbarians coach Clayton McMillan said: “Our coaching group is confident we have selected a strong group of players who will relish this opportunity to take on the British & Irish Lions.
“We have put in a lot of planning to get to this point and are looking forward to spending time as a group and see it all come together.
“This is a huge occasion for our players and management and I know everyone is eager to get things underway and create history.”
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Bryn previously talked about coming up against his old man.
He told the Mail: “Me and dad had a joke about it if it worked out like that.
“If things went the best way they could for me then that could be a possibility.
“I asked him, ‘Are you going to target me? and he said, ‘Absolutely’. I said, ‘Well don’t worry, i’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve’, so we had a bit of a joke about it.”