Leicester Tigers sign Chiefs lock Mike Fitzgerald

English Premiership Rugby club Leicester Tigers have signed Chiefs Super Rugby winning second-row forward Mike Fitzgerald.

Auckland-born Fitzgerald, 28, has won a Super Rugby title with the Chiefs as well as playing club rugby with Manawatu.

At 6ft 5in and 18st, he is noted for his hard work in the forward pack as well as his set-piece and defensive work.

“Mike will be a good addition to our group of locks, especially with the retirement of Louis Deacon and Brad Thorn,” said Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill

“He has played in very good company at the Chiefs and now wants the experience of playing rugby in Europe.”

Fitzgerald is the latest new signing announcement by Tigers following Monday’s news of the arrival of Australia international wing Peter Betham from the Waratahs.

The club has already announced the addition of forwards Opeti Fonua, Brendon O’Connor and Mike Williams to the squad for next season.

He said: “I have loved my time playing for the Chiefs and the Turbos in New Zealand but feel it’s the right time to make the move with my young family across to the UK. We’re excited about linking up with the Tigers and settling into Leicester.

“I like the style of play and type of rugby the Tigers are known for and I am looking forward to testing myself in the Aviva Premiership and in Europe.”

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