With Aaron Cruden and Tiaan Falcon off to Japan, a worrying void was developing in the Chiefs’ flyhalf stocks, however, a solution has appeared in the form of Bryn Gatland, who looks set to return home to Hamilton after his stint with the Highlanders has drawn to a close.
The 25 year-old Gatland takes up with the Chiefs just as his father Warren exits to commit his focus to the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2021.
The junior Gatland has been on great form of late, emerging as the top points scorer (119 in ten games) in the Mitre 10 Cup in which he has been turning out for North Harbour. He faces a tussle with young Kaleb Trask for the Chiefs number 10 jersey; Trask has been earmarked as a player for the future and has been in impressive form, serving well as Aaron Cruden’s understudy, although it is expected that Gatland, with his superior experience, will be dubbed the first choice flyhalf.
“I probably didn’t get the minutes I would have liked at the Highlanders this year,” Gatland said. “The ones I did have I thought were pretty good, and unfortunately I didn’t get any more.”