Munster sign Crusaders back on three year deal
Munster have announced the signing of the versatile Canterbury and Crusaders player Tyler Bleyendall on a three year contract.
Playing at out-half or first centre, the 23-year-old has made 19 Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders and represented Canterbury in the ITM Cup on 39 occasions and will join officially on November 1st 2014.
A former New Zealand U20s player the Christchurch born Bleyendaal captained the side to victory in the 2010 Junior World Championship in Argentina.
“I am really excited to be heading to a new challenge of playing in a great competition in a new part of the world, for a world renowned team,” Bleyendall said.
“The decision was not an easy one as my time with Canterbury and the Crusaders has been amazing, being involved with quality people every day has made the place special. From the research I have done I am sure that Munster will be very similar, a proud team with a great record.”
Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald believes the capture of the Canterbury player will add to the strength in-depth of the squad.
“We are very fortunate to recruit the services of a talented young player such as Tyler Bleyendall,” he said following the announcement.
“We believe Tyler can play an important role in the future of Munster Rugby, and will further strengthen our squad.”
“In his roles at 10 and 12 he has been a key decision maker with an intelligent understanding of the game, and will provide us with an exciting option in midfield.”
Bleyendall, currently involved with the Crusaders, will join the province on completion of his commitments with Canterbury in the ITM Cup.