Thursday 29 September 2016

Bleyendaal wants no All Black marks

Declan Rooney

Published 02/10/2015 | 02:30

New Zealander Tyler Bleyendaal warned that his countrymen could not take victory against Georgia
New Zealander Tyler Bleyendaal warned that his countrymen could not take victory against Georgia

As well as Munster's crucial Pro12 tussle with champions Glasgow Warriors, visitors to Thomond Park tonight won't miss the World Cup action afterwards with the screening of New Zealand versus Georgia game confirmed.

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And Munster out-half Tyler Bleyendaal says his native New Zealand cannot be complacent ahead of their Pool C clash at Millennium Stadium (8.0pm).

The 25-year-old Kiwi, who arrived at Munster from Super Rugby franchise Crusaders last season, was injured for the entire campaign. But with his injury woes now firmly in the past he is well on the way to nailing down a first-team slot at Munster.

And he thinks his fellow countrymen will need to keep their concentration if they are to avoid any shocks. "New Zealand had a slow start against Argentina, and it's the easier pool people will say.

"As you can see you have got to be on your game because there is upsets to be had, and tough matches there.

"It is going to be an interesting few weeks," he said.

Bleyendaal plied his trade alongside the influential All Black out-half Dan Carter when he was with the Crusaders. He says he's learned a lot from the man who is set to replace Johnny Sexton at Racing Metro.

"You learn how he goes as a professional. He's a dedicated trainer and he knows his game inside out. He can lead a team as well.

"I have taken some pointers, but obviously no one can replicate him. It is more just play what you can in your own game."

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