Gat­land brings in son Bryn to help squad pre­pare for South Africa

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War­ren Gat­land re­cruited his own son to help Wales pre­pare for their crunch World Cup semi-fi­nal.

Gat­land and his team are build­ing up to their meet­ing with South Africa on Sun­day and at their train­ing ses­sion yes­ter­day af­ter­noon Gat­land called on son Bryn to boost num­bers.

Bryn Gat­land is a tal­ented fly-half who played against the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Li­ons – then coached by his fa­ther – in the open­ing match of their tour of New Zea­land in 2017.

The 24-year-old High­landers play­maker is on his way back from a se­ri­ous foot in­jury which he suf­fered at the end of April in a Su­per Rugby match against the Sun­wolves.

Coin­ci­den­tally, it hap­pened at the venue where Wales have been train­ing this week – the

Chichi­bunomiya Sta­dium in Tokyo.

Wales’s ses­sion yes­ter­day was the first in which Bryn had been in­volved since the in­jury. The Welsh Rugby Union had to seek per­mis­sion from its New Zea­land coun­ter­parts

Rugby for him to take part. Bryn had ar­rived in Ja­pan to show sup­port for Wales ahead of last Sun­day’s quar­ter-fi­nal win over France. Gat­land’s wife, Trudi, and daugh­ter, Gabby, were with him. Gabby’s fi­ancé, Sam – a for­mer New Zea­land touch-rugby player – also joined Bryn in run­ning with Wales ahead of their big­gest game since 2011. Gat­land Sr will coach the Bar­bar­ians against Wales at the Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium in Cardiff late next month and there are sug­ges­tions he is keen to se­lect his son if he proves his fit­ness, with Bryn seem­ingly well on the way to do­ing so.

Owen Lane, who has re­placed Josh Na­vidi in the squad, watched on from the side­lines as he ac­cli­ma­tises hav­ing flown in from Cardiff.

Back up and run­ning: Bryn Gat­land train­ing with Wales yes­ter­day

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