Mike Fitzgerald: Leicester Tigers sign Chiefs lock forward

Mike Fitzgerald
Chiefs lock Mike Fitzgerald (right) also plays for Manawatu in New Zealand's domestic ITM Cup competition

Leicester Tigers have signed lock Mike Fitzgerald from New Zealand Super Rugby club Chiefs.

The 28-year-old has won two titles with Chiefs since joining the club in 2012.

Fitzgerald is Leicester's second signing this week, following the arrival of Peter Betham from Waratahs.

"He's a really good workhorse - he's probably a younger, slightly fitter version of Louis Deacon," Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

"He makes a lot of tackles and does a lot of the graft but also he's a very good footballer as well.

"He catches passes really well, he runs with the ball and carries the ball really well and has played a lot at six.

"If you've played at six for the Chiefs, you're clearly a good player and a good footballer."

Leicester are fifth in the Premiership, three points behind Exeter Chiefs, who occupy the final play-off place with three games left.

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