Bryn Gatland turned a joke with his father into reality when he proved to be the Highlanders’ match-winner against the Chiefs.
It was a family affair at Forsyth Barr Stadium, with Bryn Gatland securing victory over the Highlanders over Warren Gatland’s Chiefs.
Warren Gatland rung the changes with the Chiefs behind and was rewarded with victory, while the Brumbies also triumphed.
Gareth Anscombe missed the Rugby World Cup through injury, with his absence telling in Wales’ semi-final loss to South Africa.
Despite conceding 33 points, Wayne Pivac was pleased that Wales scored 43 points in his first match at the helm against Barbarians.
New Zealander Warren Gatland told the Cardiff crowd Wales has “a special place in my heart” after bidding his old team farewell on Saturday.
Wayne Pivac was victorious in his first match as Wales coach, Josh Adams and Ken Owens scoring braces against Warren Gatland’s Barbarians.
Warren Gatland has been honoured by Wales after his 12-year spell in charge, with an entrance to the Principality Stadium named after him.
Having brought his 12-year stint as Wales coach to an end after the Rugby World Cup, Warren Gatland will face his former side on Saturday.
Wayne Pivac has named Justin Tipuric as captain for his first match in charge of Wales against Warren Gatland’s Barbarians side.
The New Zealand job may have come at the wrong time for Warren Gatland but he would still love to one day coach the All Blacks.
Warren Gatland has opened the door to coaching the All Blacks in the future, but did not apply to succeed Steve Hansen.
Six of the top seven teams in the world rankings will start life with a new coach following the Rugby World Cup.