Thursday 19 September 2019

'Johnny Sexton is setting standard at moment. He's super competitive'

Take 20: Tyler Bleyendaal

Tyler Bleyendaal
Tyler Bleyendaal Sportsdesk

1. What's your pre-training routine?

I like to throw the boots on, baseball cap on, get out first and warm up with some chip kicks and running drills.

2. You're in charge of the after-match tunes, what goes on first?

I usually like to put on some old-school hip hop.

3. Imagine a world where you're not a rugby player - what's your job?

I think I'd probably be an architect or a coach.

4. Stranded on a desert island, what three things do you take?

I'd have to bring my dog Parker along. We'd definitely need a knife and some matches.

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5. Which team-mate would you want with you and why?

Darren O'Shea would be good company. You just can't keep him quiet so the morale would remain high.

6. What's your favourite Instagram page you follow and why?

I keep an eye on what Adam Greentree does. He's an Australian dude who goes on some awesome adventures in the wild and films it all.

7 What do you do when not training or playing a match?

Once I get home I like to become one with my couch, either that or else I'm out drinking flat whites somewhere in town.

8. What's your first sporting memory as a player or spectator?

I was 15 or 16 years old, but the big one I remember was a Crusaders game... watching the Fog Final in Super Rugby in 2006 in Christchurch. The fog was so thick you couldn't see the players on the field from up in the stand.

9. You have one moment from your career to do over. What is it?

Run away from the breakdown I injured my neck in!

10. What rugby skill would you most like to possess?

Alby Mathewson's American football lineout throw. That was some piece of skill!

11. Favourite song lyric?

'Don't worry, be happy!' by Bobby McFerrin. I think it's a good motto to live by.

12. What current player in your position do you most admire?

Johnny Sexton is setting the standard at the moment. He's super competitive which I admire. It's hard to look past him right now.

13. What former coach has had the biggest effect on your game and why?

Rob Penney was my first professional coach back in Canterbury and I think I was pretty lucky having him as the first influence on my career. He had a great balance between work and enjoyment and developed my skills a lot as a younger player.

14. What was your first car?

It was a 1998 Mazda Familia.

15. What sporting event makes your bucket list?

The Super Bowl is on the list. I'll have to get there some day.

16. One minute to go in the Champions Cup final, you're three points down and you have a penalty in front of the posts… what do you do?

I think we'd have to give the ball the Keith Earls and watch him go. He can spot an opening quicker than anyone.

17. What was the last concert you went to?

I saw Ed Sheeran at Páirc Uí Chaoimh back in May. It was a good show.

18. Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I've never watched the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy.

19. What's your best memory playing rugby for Munster?

The European Cup match against Glasgow Warriors in the days after Anthony Foley was buried. Thomond Park was an amazing place that day. It's the best atmosphere I've played in and it was a great team performance under the circumstances.

20. Who'll win the 2019 Guinness PRO14, Champions Cup and Rugby World Cup?

Munster, Munster and Ireland.

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