Bleyendaal ready for Racing challenge

Date published: January 6 2017

Munster fly-half Tyler Bleyendaal is looking forward to taking on several of his countrymen when they face Racing 92 on Saturday.

The Irish province currently sit in second spot in Pool 1, two points off Glasgow but with a game in hand which is this weekend's fixture.

Racing 92 meanwhile are at the foot of the table on zero points after three games, but Bleyendaal knows they'll be no walkovers in Paris.

"It's a huge challenge, we've prepared for them before, we're excited for it and we're really looking forward to a great start for a big block of games coming up," he told EPC Rugby ahead of the European clash.

"Our pool is packed with great opposition and we have to perform, our focus is on Racing and the challenges they bring which is a lot of experience and flair.

"There is a lot at stake but we've just got to focus on this first game, we're just trying to build and make it to the quarter-finals and that starts this week. We've got momentum and we worked hard to get those results, we're building nicely but this is a unique challenge."

With Dan Carter named on the bench for Racing 92, Bleyendaal will initially face off with Benjamin Dambielle at fly-half but he is also looking forward to the challenge as a whole at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

"They've got a lot of Kiwis there, and a lot of good Kiwis in guys like Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Casey Laulala, who everyone here knows about," he added.

"It doesn't stop there, their size, power and offloading threat is a big challenge but one we're looking forward to."