Family feud: Lions tour to begin with unique father v son showdown

Family feud: Lions tour to begin with unique father v son showdown

All corners of New Zealand will be represented when the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians open the British and Irish Lions series on June 3rd.

Provincial Barbarians coach Clayton McMillan has named the core of the squad for the series opener, which features an exciting mix of players from 15 different provinces.

And it will be a family affair for North Harbour fly-half Bryn Gatland who comes up against a British and Irish Lions side coached by his father Warren Gatland.

After helping North Harbour secure promotion to the NPC Premiership last year, Bryn, joked about the possibility of facing the Lions telling the Daily Mail: “Me and dad had a joke about it if it worked out like that.

“If things went the best way they could for me then that could be a possibility. I asked him, ‘Are you gonna target me?’ and he said, ‘Absolutely’. I said, ‘Well don’t worry, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve’, so we had a bit of a joke about it, but it’s a long way away and you never know what can happen.”

Forwards: Aiden Ross (Bay of Plenty), Tolu Fahamokioa (Wellington), Sam Anderson-Heather (Otago), Epalahame Faiva (Waikato), Marcel Renata (Auckland), Quinten Strange (Tasman), Joshua Goodhue (Northland), Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (Manawatu), Mitchell Brown (Taranaki), Matthew Matich (Northland), Peter Rowe (Wanganui)
Backs: Jonathan Taumateine (Counties Manukau), Jack Stratton (Canterbury), Bryn Gatland (North Harbour), Jonathan Fa’auli (Taranaki), Jonah Lowe (Hawke’s Bay), Sevuloni Reece (Waikato), Luteru Laulala (Counties Manukau), Junior Ngaluafe (Southland)