Tyler started off playing soccer when he was younger but by about the age of eight had switched to rugby. It was a wise move as Bleyendaal captained the under-20 New Zealand side which lifted the World Championship title in Argentina in 2010, and was selected in both the Crusaders and Canterbury ITM squads in 2011.
His Crusaders debut came last season against the Blues and saw him continue the remarkable record of Christchurch Boys' High School old boys, such as Colin Slade, Stephen Brett, Aaron Mauger, Andrew Mehrtens and Carter, who have started at number 10 for the Crusaders.
Having arrived at Munster in late January 2015 and passed a complete medical assessment. Returned to full training towards the end of the 2014/15 season and played for Munster 'A'
Bleyendaal made his PRO12 debut for Munster as a replacement against Treviso at Irish Independent Park in September 2015 and made his first start the following week away to Ospreys.
Tyler Bleyendaal was named as the Munster Player of the Year for the 2016/17 season, after a hugely impressive season where, in 24 appearances, the New Zealander picked up four man-of-the-match awards and captained the side on five occasions.
With a cool temperament and great time on the ball, the 26 year old was instrumental in Munster making this season’s Champions Cup and PRO12 semi finals.
Off the tee and out of hand, his kicking and control has been near exemplary while his ability to marshal his side around the field has facilitated excellent team performances from the men in red.
Bleyendaal was also nominated for European Player of the Year and is one of the forerunners for the Guinness PRO12 Golden Boot award.
Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Bleyendaal has played 39 times for Munster scoring 290 points.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Bleyendaal has had 9 Champions Cup appearances scoring 1 try and 97 points.
(LS August 2018)
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