Munster's Tyler Bleyendaal has retired from professional rugby with immediate effect on medical grounds.

The out-half last lined out for the province against Ospreys in November 2019 and has been advised to retire from professional rugby because of a neck injury. 

Bleyendaal joined Munster from the Canterbury Crusaders in late January 2015.

In the 2016/17 season he was instrumental in guiding them to the Champions Cup and PRO12 semi-finals, winning Munster Player of the Year that campaign. 

The injury late last year was the third neck problem he sustained and brings his career to an end at the age of 29. 

Bleyendaal said: "It has been very tough to be honest, to admit the fact that I'm retiring from rugby.

"But the decision is out of my hands now, it's a medical decision, and it's the right decision.

"It doesn't make it any easier because rugby is a massive part of my life, but I do know that I gave it absolutely everything.

"It’s the reason Laura and myself moved over to Ireland, literally the other side of the world, and I know I've been privileged to play for 10 years in professional rugby and I'm very grateful for all the experiences that I've had, the friendships, and the relationships that I've made over my time.

"It has to end at some point and unfortunately it wasn't on my terms but I’ve had the ability over lockdown to plan for the future and spend a lot of time with my family at home so there has been some pros to the timing."

Head Coach Johann van Graan said: "I saw Tyler for the first time playing for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and he caught my eye immediately.

"It was an absolute privilege to not only coach him but to learn more about him and discover what a fantastic rugby player and man he is.

"He has played a huge role for Munster Rugby, not only on the field but also off the field, and he will be sorely missed.

"It was a pleasure to coach him, and I believe he has a very bright future ahead, and will do very well if he moves into coaching. I wish Tyler, Laura, Bodhi and their growing family the very best in life."