British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland is to face his own son on Saturday, as the Lions face the Provincial Barbarians in the opening game to their 2017 tour of New Zealand.
Although his son Bryn will be looking for a win tomorrow, and possibly next week when the Lions face the Blues; he said that he will be backing the Lions in their games against the All Blacks. This could prove controversial for some, with Bryn being a Kiwi and possible future All Black. Although, the 22 year old cleared up the confusion, stating to NewstalkZB, “Obviously growing up I’ve always been an All Blacks supporter but I’m also a believer in family comes first.”
With the start of the tour being well anticipated within the Rugby world, there are high expectations for the quality of tomorrows game, and Bryn backed the high chances of some interesting play; further saying, “We’ve had the green light from the coaches to go out and give it a crack and if you make a mistake or it goes wrong they’re not going to bark at us.” making it interesting to see what the Barbarians will throw at the Lions.
The game will certainly be interesting, especially with the added flare, but it is good to hear that things are in good spirits ahead of the opening fixture. The Lions kick off against the NZ Baa-Baas at 8.35am, with coverage starting on Sky Sports at 8am. What are your predictions for this years tour?