You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Junior Gatland hoping Lions can topple NZ

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/05/2017

Bryn Gatland is an avowed All Blacks supporter but he hopes the British and Irish Lions have their number on the looming tour of New Zealand.

The son of Lions coach Warren Gatland, North Harbour and Blues first five-eighth Bryn is preparing for the international spotlight when the tourists open their tour against a New Zealand provincial Barbarians selection.

The 22-year-old is likely to playmaker for the Barbarians against his father's side at Whangarei on Saturday, in what shapes as a comfortable opening win for the Lions.

The tour is pulling at his emotions.

"I will support Dad. With something like this I think family comes first," he told journalists.

"No one has ever said I'm wrong for doing that. I support dad 100 per cent in whatever he's doing, though obviously I'm an All Black fan as well."

Gatland will often have a long-distance telephone chat with his father before a big game but, not surprisingly, that hasn't been the case in the lead-up to the Lions' opener.

He has pride in his father's achievements, having spent time as a child in Ireland and England before returning to New Zealand after Warren became Welsh national coach in 2007.

"He's given us such a great life as a family. It's pretty cool, we've travelled the world a bit and lived in different countries, so he's done that for us," Gatland said.

"It's a bit bittersweet playing against him because he's done so much for us."

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon