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PRO12: Crusaders back Tyler Bleyendall to join Munster on three-year deal

Last Updated: 11/05/14 12:20pm

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Tyler Bleyendaal: Will join Munster in November

Tyler Bleyendaal: Will join Munster in November

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Munster have announced the signing of Crusaders back Tyler Bleyendaal on a three-year contract.

The 23-year-old, who can play at fly-half or inside centre, will join the Irish province in November once Canterbury's ITM Cup campaign has concluded.

Bleyendaal has made 19 Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders and represented Canterbury on 39 occasions. He also captained New Zealand in their Junior World Championship success in 2010.

"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," said Bleyendaal.

"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 CEO Garrett Fitzgerald added: "We are very fortunate to recruit the services of a talented young player such as Tyler Bleyendaal.

"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."

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