Leicester Tigers snare Chiefs lock
Cape Town - 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
At six-foot-five and 18 stone, 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