British & Irish Lion head coach Warren Gatland may take on his son Bryn this summer after the fly-half joined Super Rugby outfit the Crusaders as temporary injury cover.
North Harbour’s Gatland has joined the side for the next two weeks with a view to an extension as they fill the absence of first choice pivot Richie Mo’unga – who is out for the next six weeks with a broken hand.
The 21-year-old slotted a stunning last-gasp drop goal to lead North Harbour to a 17-14 victory over Otago in last year’s second tier championship final in Dunedin, gaining them promotion to the premiership.
Gatland moved from Waikato to North Harbour for more playing opportunities last season and impressed for the Steve Jackson-coached side.
He was a key member of the Hamilton Boys’ High First XV, helping them to the 2013 national schoolboys title with another last minute drop goal against Auckland’s St Kentigern College.
Gatland is unlikely to still be with the Crusaders when his father’s Lions side tour New Zealand in June.
However, if he impresses enough he could be starting fly-half when the Lions play the Crusaders in Christchurch on June 10th.