Fitness boost as Tyler Bleyendaal to captain Munster in South Africa

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Fitness boost as Tyler Bleyendaal to captain Munster in South Africa

Tyler Blyendaal will captain Munster in Sunday's PRO14 clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein

NEW Zealand out-half Tyler Bleyendaal is to captain Munster in their Guinness PRO14 clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Sunday afternoon, 2.45pm Irish time, live on eirSport

After arriving in Johannesburg on Tuesday, the Munster squad commenced their preparations for Sunday’s PRO14 encounter against the Cheetahs with their first field session earlier today.

Head Coach Johann van Graan confirmed that Bleyendaal will captain the side on his return to action this Sunday.

Bleyendaal has not played for the Munster senior side in eight months due to a neck injury. Bleyendaal featured for Munster A against Leinster A in the Celtic Cup earlier this month after completing his rehabilitation from neck surgery last March.

Commenting on Bleyendaal’s return, van Graan said: “It’s brilliant to have him back. 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.”

On the rehabilitation front, Sammy Arnold who was removed from the Glasgow game for a HIA is following return to play protocols.

Dan Goggin has seen a specialist and will continue his rehab under the guidance of the medical department for the next number of weeks, while Tommy O’Donnell and Rhys Marshall are being treated for respective medium-term ankle and hamstring injuries.

The following players are progressing with rehabilitation: Jaco Taute (knee), Stephen Fitzgerald (foot), Liam O’Connor (knee), Conor Oliver (toe), Jack O’Donoghue (knee), Dave O’ Callaghan (foot), Conor Murray (neck), James Hart (knee), Chris Farrell (knee), Ronan O’Mahony (ankle), Calvin Nash (ankle).