Munster sign Tyler Bleyendaal from Crusaders
May 11, 2014
New Munster signing Tyler Bleyendaal can play at either fly-half or inside centre © Getty Images
Munster have signed Tyler Bleyendaal on a three-year deal from Super Rugby's Crusaders.
Bleyendaal, who also plays domestic rugby for Canterbury, will join the province from November 1, 2014 after completing his club commitments in New Zealand's ITM Cup.
Playing at either fly-half or inside centre, the 23-year-old has made 19 Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders and represented Canterbury in the ITM Cup on 39 occasions. A former New Zealand U20s player, Bleyendaal captained the side to victory in the 2010 Junior World Championship in Argentina.
"I am really excited to be heading to a new challenge of playing in a great competition in a new part of the world, for a world renowned team," said Bleyendaal. "The decision was not an easy one as my time with Canterbury and the Crusaders has been amazing, being involved with quality people every day has made the place special. From the research I have done I am sure that Munster will be very similar, a proud team with a great record."
Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald said: "We are very fortunate to recruit the services of a talented young player such as Tyler Bleyendaal. We believe Tyler can play an important role in the future of Munster Rugby, and will further strengthen our squad."
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