22 Apr 2015

Chiefs lock heading to England

7:10 am on 22 April 2015

The Chiefs lock Mike Fitzgerald will head to England later this year after signing with Leicester Tigers.

The Chiefs' Mike Fitzgerald makes a break during the Super 15 Rugby match.

The Chiefs' Mike Fitzgerald makes a break during the Super 15 Rugby match. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 28-year-old is the Leicester's second signing this week, following the arrival of winger Peter Betham from the Waratahs.

The Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill says Fitzgerald is a good addition to their group of locks, especially with the retirement of Louis Deacon and Brad Thorn.

28-year-old Fitzgerald has won two Super Rugby titles with the Chiefs as well as playing ITM Cup rugby with the Manawatu Turbos.

Fitzgerald says he's loved his time playing for the Chiefs and the Turbos in New Zealand but feel it's the right time to make the move with his young family across to the UK.

He says he likes the style of play and type of rugby the Tigers are known for and he's looking forward to testing himself in the Premiership and in Europe.

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