Bryn Gatland to start against Warren’s Lions

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Bryn Gatland will start at fly-half against his father Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions on Saturday in Whangarei.

The New Zealand Provincial Barbarians match marks the start of the 2017 tour, with the hosts fielding a side drawn from the length and breadth of the country.

Part of the Barbarians’ selection policy is to not have any Super Rugby-contracted players, but Bryn will bring top-level experience having played for the Blues in this year’s competition.

He heads up a team looking to entertain, but it will be a special day for the Gatland household.

“I spoke to Bryn last night and he’s enjoying the week,” Lions coach Gatland saidof his 22-year-old son. “We’ll catch up tomorrow, and he’ll expect to have to make a few tackles on the weekend.

“We haven’t spoken too much about the game but he’s excited about the opportunity.”

New Zealand Provincial Barbarians team:

L Laulala, S Vaka (both Counties Manukau), I Finau (Canterbury), D Sweeney, S Reece (both Waikato), B Gatland (North Harbour), J Stratton (Canterbury), A Ross (Bay of Plenty), S Anderson-Heather (Otago, captain), O Jager (Canterbury), J Goodhue (Northland), K Mewett (Bay of Plenty), J Tucker (Waikato), L Boshier (Taranaki), M Dunshea (Canterbury).

Replacements: A Makalio (Tasman), T Fahamokioa (Wellington), M Renata (Auckland), M Matich (Northland), P Rowe (Wanganui), R Judd (Bay of Plenty), J Lowe (Hawke’s Bay), J Ngaluafe (Southland).

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