Wednesday 12 December 2018

Bleyendaal set for welcome return for Munster 'A'

 

Tyler Bleyendaal's return will come as a huge boost to Johann van Graan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Tyler Bleyendaal's return will come as a huge boost to Johann van Graan. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Tyler Bleyendaal will make his long-awaited comeback from a serious neck injury as he starts on the bench for the crunch Munster 'A' Celtic Cup clash against Leinster in Donnybrook this evening (5.0).

The Kiwi hasn't played since February as he has endured a nightmare spell out and his return will come as a huge boost to Johann van Graan.

"He's only played 20 minutes against Cardiff and 60 minutes against Glasgow since I came," the Munster head coach said recently.

"He's still part of our leadership group, he's a massive part of our team. Some of the capabilities he's got as a player we'd love to use. Hopefully we can have him back as well and it would be great to have, in my head, our best two or three players on the pitch for a change."

Both Munster and Leinster 'A' come into the game with a 100pc record as well as having four try bonus points each.

Leinster, however, hold the advantage with a superior points difference. The winners of the clash will advance to the decider.

Bill Johnston again skippers Munster from out-half, partnering Newcastle West man Charlie O'Doherty, who makes his first start. There is also a welcome return for Tom Daly as the Leinster centre is back after a knee injury.

The hosts include plenty of experience in their starting XV with the likes of Adam Byrne, Dave Kearney, Noel Reid, Ross Molony and Mick Kearney all named.

Paddy Patterson is another exciting prospect and is one to watch, as is No 8 Caelan Doris who will be hoping to enhance his burgeoning reputation.

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