June 12, 2023

Bryn Gatland signs with Kobelco Kobe Steelers for 2024

The Chiefs Rugby Club announced today that Gallagher Chiefs and North Harbour first-five Bryn Gatland will make the move to Japan in 2024 to play for the Kobelco Kobe Steelers.

In good company, Gatland will make the shift alongside fellow Gallagher Chiefs teammate Brodie Retallick who announced his departure earlier this year.

Gallagher Chiefs head coach Clayton McMillan said: "Bryn has been an excellent Chief over the last three years. He is an experienced and calm tactician, an outstanding goal kicker and a tough defender. These qualities will serve him well as he embarks on the next phase of his rugby journey."

Gatland has had an outstanding 2023 DHL Super Rugby Pacific season which was cut short after he suffered a distal bicep tendon rupture in round 11 against the Highlanders.

"I am gutted for Bryn that injury prematurely ended his season and the potential for higher honours because he deserved it. We wish him well with his recovery and the opportunity in Japan," said McMillan.

Gatland grew up in Chiefs Country and kicked off his rugby career at Hamilton Boys High School. He soon joined Waikato for the NPC championship, before he made the shift to represent North Harbour.

Boasting over 50 Super Rugby caps, Gatland played for the Blues and Highlanders, before joining the Gallagher Chiefs in 2020 where he notched up most of his starts.

Gatland said: "Goodbyes are never easy, but it’s time for me to move on to a new challenge and experience in my career.

"I’ve loved my time at the Gallagher Chiefs and want to thank everyone involved in helping fulfil the dream of a 10-year-old kid born and raised here. This team will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always continue to support from wherever I am."

This week the Gallagher Chiefs will face the Brumbies at FMG Stadium Waikato for the DHL Super Rugby Pacific semi-finals.

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Bryn Gatland signs with Kobelco Kobe Steelers for 2024