The son of British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland is set to make his Super Rugby debut against the Highlanders.
Fly-half Bryn Gatland, 21, has been named on the Blues’ bench with Ihaia West ruled out for a month with an ankle injury.
The Blues — who are coached by former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga — are already without fellow fly-half Stephen Perofeta who is also battling injury.
It’s the second time this season Gatland has been called into a Super Rugby squad as injury cover, having trained with the Crusaders in Christchurch last month.
Gatland’s call up raises the prospect once more of a father vs. son duel when Warren Gatland leads the Lions to his homeland in June.
A gruelling 10-match tour awaits the composite side from the four home nations, including clashes against all five of New Zealand’s Super Rugby sides.
“It has been mentioned about a million times,” Gatland told TVNZ.
“I can’t look that too far ahead but it would be awesome.”
Gatland will be accompanied on the Blues bench this weekend by Sonny Bill Williams, who is set to return from an eight-month lay-off having ruptured his achilles at the Olympics.
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Bryn Gatland in line for Super Rugby debut
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