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