Munster out-half Tyler Bleyendaal claims that the entire squad has been revitalised by the arrival of backs coach Stephen Larkham in the summer.

Bleyendaal and his team-mates are preparing for their opening game in the Champions Cup as they travel to Wales to take on the Ospreys on Saturday.

With over a century of international caps for Australia, Larkham joining Munster was viewed as something of a coup and Bleyendaal is already seeing the benefits that his vast experience brings.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Bleyendaal  said: "He helps out all the position groups which is great. Just the way we look at film and review our play and how we train on the field, we're just evolving which is great.

"He challenges everyone, especially his 10s and he’s challenging our skills and decision making so it’s been great from a personal level.

"As a team I think we can also evolve and he’s forcing us to see things differently and maybe make some changes where necessary."

Those changes will be put to the test at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday where Munster are desperate to get their campaign off to a winning start.

The Irish province have made a very strong start to the Guinness PRO14 season with five wins leaving them on top of Conference B, but for Bleyendaal  European competition is a different proposition.

"When Munster step on the field in a European competition there just seems to be a bit extra that we give as a team," he said. We’re hoping it’s no different this week but there’s going to be a massive challenge over in Wales for us.

"We’re going to have to prepare well and make sure we turn up mentally and we’ve got to be aware that we’re ready for a massive challenge.

"Every point is massive and I think in the last few seasons we’ve started with a draw. Those points, those little extra points are crucial but I don’t know if there are any easy pools in European competition to be honest. Everyone’s trying to top the pool and get those home play-off spots. 

"This week is our focus and it’s a massive game for us. As far as we’re concerned it’s the biggest game of the season so far and we’ll go from there."