Munster hope for Tyler debut before season’s end

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster's Tyler Bleyendaal in action during squad training this week ahead of Saturday's crucial Guinness PRO12 clash with Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Saturday, 7.30pm
MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley is hoping out-half Tyler Bleyendaal can make his PRO12 debut for the province before the end of this season.

MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley is hoping out-half Tyler Bleyendaal can make his PRO12 debut for the province before the end of this season.

New Zealander Bleyendaal has been working his way back to full fitness after undergoing neck surgery last autumn. Former Canterbury Crusaders star Bleyendaal joined up with his Munster team mates in January. He sustained the neck injury on ITM Cup duty in September.

Munster head coach Anthony Foley said: “Tyler has stepped up his levels as well and hopefully we’ll see him before the end of the year.

“He’s a tidy player, he’s very composed. He’s a lovely footballer and he’s a commander out there as well. He knows his game and he know the type of game we want to play. He can dictate to others as well.”

Munster, who are preparing for Saturday’s crucial Guinness Pro12 clash with Edinburgh at Murrayfield, (7.30pm), have been boosted by the signing of Auckland Blues and All-Blacks centre Francis Saili this week

Foley said: “Francis is coming and we’re all delighted with that, it’s been a long process and we’re delighted to have him on board.

“He’s a very exciting player. He’s got a lot of skills that will excite people. He’s got the attributes that will help him excel up here.”

Third-placed Munster welcome back Irish internationals Paul O’Connell, Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony for the trip to Scotland. Munster also expect to have Donnacha Ryan available.