Wednesday 23 August 2017

Bleyendaal will stay put as Foley plays down loan talk

Munster coach Anthony Foley said that pre-season games would benefit Tyler Bleyendaal after his long return from injury
Munster coach Anthony Foley said that pre-season games would benefit Tyler Bleyendaal after his long return from injury

Matt Cassidy

Tyler Bleyendaal will stay in Munster for the summer despite a suggested loan move in order to get game time ahead of next season.

Coach Anthony Foley rejected suggestions that Bleyendaal would return home for a spell and said pre-season games would benefit the New Zealander after his long return from injury.

"Ah, there's always stuff being talked about, but what you often find with other teams in the southern hemisphere, they're more interested in bringing through their own players and making sure that they can generate their next generation of players," said Foley.

"What might be good for Tyler is after the four-week break at the end of the season get him back a couple of weeks early in pre-season.

"I know pre-season is nine or ten weeks but it's pretty short. We've got more or less six weeks of preparation and then we've got Grenoble, Connacht and London Irish. Then we're into the season.

"What would be nice for him is that he's fully fresh and good to go for Grenoble and see where his season goes from there."

Despite having only one match under his belt, Foley said that the 24-year-old Kiwi is ready for duty should he be required. "We got him a game against the Ravens in Naas and we haven't been able to get him a game since then, but he's on the fringes, he's training really hard but it's about getting games at the moment and he's ready to go if anybody picks up an injury."

Irish Independent

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