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Munster must rely on Keatley and Hanrahan

WITH news breaking today that new Munster signing Tyler Bleyendaal (pictured) is more than likely out for this season after suffering what has been described as a serious neck injury. The Canterbury player, who is equally comfortable at out-half or in the centre, would have been a major boost to Anthony Foley’s squad and this is bad news, particularly after the disappointing defeat to Edinburgh last Friday night.
Bleyendaal is highly rated in New Zealand and at 24 years of age, a neck injury is one that could take some time to repair.
Now Foley has to rely on Ian Keatley and JJ Hanrahan for the ten shirt. Both did well last season, Keatley having an impressive ratio of success with his placekicking and playing a major role in Munster’s march to the Heineken Cup semi-final. Hanrahan also did well but the option of having Bleyendaal for the ten shirt was an exciting prospect. According to reports he is due to have surgery to correct a prolapsed disc in his neck and much will depend on the outcome of the surgery.
Anthony Foley will not be too put out with these latest negative developments. He also says that he sees the positive in everything but he will now be keeping his fingers crossed that he can come away from Stadio Monigo in Treviso this week-end with a first win in the Guinness Pro 12. Foley has been so long in the game he has seen it all. A few wins over the coming weeks would settle the squad so let’s hope things can only get better.

Other news today confirms that the 2015/16 AIL season will see five divisions of ten teams in each, bringing the number of senior clubs in the competition to 50.

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