The Canadian forward Tyler Ardron has signed with the Chiefs for next year's Super rugby season.
The 25 year old Ardron who can play number eight, flanker and lock is currently playing for Welsh club Osprey.
Ardron made his international debut for Canada in 2012 led the side at the 2015 World Cup.
Ardron will play for Bay of Plenty in the provincial competition.
"I'm hugely excited to be joining the Gallagher Chiefs and to have the opportunity to play Super Rugby.
"I can't wait to get to New Zealand and find out what makes Super Rugby the best club Competition in the world and be in an environment with such great players and coaches.
"I look forward to contributing and being a major part in the future success of the Chiefs" said Ardron.
Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said the signing was a boost for the Chiefs.
"Tyler is a very experienced and dynamic International loose forward. He's been keen to test himself in Super Rugby, having been a standout for Ospreys over the past four seasons. He's a bloody good man and his leadership and work ethic will align perfectly with the Chiefs."