Friday 30 September 2016

Bleyendaal ready for belated Munster bow

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

Munster's new overseas signing Tyler Bleyendaal will take part in todays 'A' team clash against Ulster's Ravens at Naas RFC
Munster's new overseas signing Tyler Bleyendaal will take part in todays 'A' team clash against Ulster's Ravens at Naas RFC

Munster fans will finally get an opportunity to get a glimpse of their much-hyped overseas signing Tyler Bleyendaal in today's 'A' team clash against Ulster's Ravens at Naas RFC (ko, 3.0).

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The ex-Crusaders playmaker has been in Ireland for a number of months but has been a frustrated onlooker as he recovered from a prolapsed disc in his neck.

Bleyendaal captained the 2010 New Zealand Junior World Cup-winning side and played a number of times for Crusaders in Super Rugby; his signing was one of the reasons that rising Irish star JJ Hanrahan agreed a move to Northampton.

Munster also include in their line-up Conor Oliver at openside, a St Mary's College player who has previously represented Leinster at age-grade level and who will feature in the Ireland U-20 squad for June's Junior World Cup.

UCD prop JP Ryan, another former Leinster player, is on the bench.

Munster 'A' won by 30-24 in Nenagh earlier this season, while the Ravens were 15-13 winners at Banbridge a fortnight ago as they prepare for today's decider in the three-match series between the provinces.

Sam Arnold, Lorcan Dow and Alex Thompson, who have all been selected in the Ireland squad for the U-20s World Championship, are all named in the extended Ravens panel.

Munster 'A' - J Murphy; D Sweetnam, D Johnston, D Goggin, L O'Dea; T Bleyendaal, C Sheridan; L O'Connor, N Scannell, P McCabe, J Madigan, F Bradshaw Ryan, D O'Callaghan, C Oliver, J O'Donoghue. Reps: L O'Halloran, N Horan, JP Phelan, L Nicholas, D Dee, O Lyons, N Cronin, G Lyons, R Deegan, A Wootton, D McCarthy.

Ulster Ravens - P Nelson; M Allen, M Best, S Arnold, M Hooks; M Heaney, D Shanahan: K McCall, J Andrew, R Lutton, J Donnan L Stevenson, C Joyce, C Ross, L Dow.

Reps: P Jackson, R Murphy, A Thompson, N McComb, F Taggart, S Reidy, S Mulholland, C Young, K Joyce, A Lidell, P Dunlop.

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