Tigers sign Chiefs lock

Date published: April 21 2015

Leicester Tigers have agreed a move for lock forward Mike Fitzgerald, who will join them from Super Rugby outfit the Chiefs in New Zealand.

Auckland-born second row Fitzgerald, 28, has won two Super Rugby titles with the Chiefs as well as playing ITM Cup rugby with the Manawatu Turbos.

At 6ft 5in and 18st, he is noted for his hard work as well as a strong set-piece.

"Mike will be a good addition to our group of locks, especially with the retirement of Louis Deacon and Brad Thorn. He has played in very good company at the Chiefs and now wants the experience of playing rugby in Europe," said Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

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.

"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," said Fitzgerald.

"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."