Tyler Bleyendaal to captain Munster in South Africa after return from lengthy harm layoff – Eire

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Munster have been handed a big boost after out-half Tyler Bleyendaal was cleared to return to first team action against the Cheetahs this weekend.

Munster travel to Bloemfontein for a Sunday clash with the South African outfit, with head coach Johann van Graan confirming today that Bleyendaal will captain the side on his return.

The Kiwi ten has yet to play for the first team this season after picking up a neck injury, which also ruled him out for the majority of last season too. Bleyendaal made his return to the pitch with a 30-minute cameo for Munster A in the Celtic Cup defeat to Leinster earlier this month.

Van Graan said he was delighted to be able to select Bleyendaal after a tough few months for the 28-year-old.

“It’s brilliant to have him back,” van Graan said.

“He played 30 minutes for the A team against Leinster a few weeks ago and we have been monitoring him the whole time, he is itching to go. He will start this weekend and he will also be the captain, something he has done before for Munster. It’s great to have him back in a leadership role and it’s great to have a quality player back who has been out for a really long time.”

With Bleyendaal’s return, Munster now have five fit out-halves to call on for the rest of the season including Joey Carbery, JJ Hanrahan, Ian Keatley and Bill Johnston.

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