Crusaders back Tyler Bleyendaal has agreed to join Irish club Munster on a three year deal after the end of the current Super Rugby season.
Playing at first centre of first five, the 23-year-old has made 19 Super Rugby appearances for the Crusaders and represented Canterbury in the ITM Cup on 39 occasions.
A former New Zealand U20s player the Christchurch born Bleyendaal captained the side to victory in the 2010 Junior World Championship in Argentina. Speaking about his move to the province Bleyendall said, "I am really excited to be heading to a new challenge of playing in a great competition in a new part of the world, for a world renowned team."
"The decision was not an easy one as my time with Canterbury and the Crusaders has been amazing, being involved with quality people every day has made the place special. From the research I have done I am sure that Munster will be very similar, a proud team with a great record."
Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder said Bleyendaal's move would be a real loss to the Crusaders,"Tyler is a talented player with an incredible brain. He has one of the best rugby brains I've ever come across and that will take him far. We will be sad to see him go but we respect and support his decision and wish him all the best."
Commenting on the latest signing Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald said "We are very fortunate to recruit the services of a talented young player such as Tyler Bleyendaal. "
"We believe Tyler can play an important role in the future of Munster Rugby, and will further strengthen our squad. In his roles at 10 and 12 he has been a key decision maker with an intelligent understanding of the game, and will provide us with an exciting option in midfield."
Bleyendall, currently involved with the Crusaders, will join the province on completion of his commitments with Canterbury in the ITM Cup.