Dominic Bird leaves Crusaders to join Chiefs

Crusaders and All Blacks lock Dominic Bird has agreed to leave Christchurch
and play Super Rugby for the Chiefs over the next two Super Rugby seasons.

Bird made his international debut for New Zealand against Japan in 2013 and
earned his second cap at the end of last year against Scotland.

At 2.06m tall, Bird will become the tallest member in the Chiefs squad and
coach Dave Rennie believes the 120kg player will complement his forward pack
well.

“Men of Dominic’s dimensions and athleticism are a rarity in our
game. That excites us,” said Rennie.

“He has impressed us with his attitude, his enthusiasm and his determination
to develop his game. He’ll fit in well here.”

The Waipukurau born 24 year-old said “I have enjoyed my time at the Crusaders
and it is a big part of who I am, but it is time for a new chapter to further
my career.

“I believe that the Chiefs will provide a great environment where my
rugby will continue to develop and my playing opportunities will be enhanced.”

Bird made his Super Rugby debut in 2013 for the Crusaders, having played 31
matches for them.

In addition to his two for New Zealand he was also part of the 2011 New Zealand
Under 20’s IRB Junior World Championship winning team alongside Brodie
Retallick and Sam Cane.

Bird’s signing with the Chiefs sees him join Nepo Laulala as Chiefs recruits
for the 2016 and 2017 Super Rugby seasons.

Bird who is the son of former Hawke’s Bay player John Bird was the Central
Hawkes Bay High School Head Boy and is currently studying a Science degree.

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