Bird swaps Crusaders for Chiefs

Date published: July 7 2015

The Chiefs have announced the signing of Crusaders and All Blacks lock Dominic Bird on a two-year contract.

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

"Men of Dominic’s dimensions and athleticism are a rarity in our game. That excites us," Rennie told the Chiefs' official website.

"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, going on to play 31 matches for them. He made his All Blacks debut against Japan in 2013 and was also part of New Zealand's 2011 U20’s 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.