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Lock Dominic Bird has signed with the Chiefs for the next two years.

At 2.06m tall, Bird is set to become the tallest member in the Chiefs squad. 

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie believes the 120kg player will complement his forward pack well.

“Men of Dominic’s dimensions and athleticism are a rarity in our game. That excites us,” said Rennie.

“He has impressed us with his attitude, his enthusiasm and his determination to develop his game.  He’ll fit in well here.”

The Waipukurau born24 year-old said “I have enjoyed my time at the Crusaders and it is a big part of who I am, but it is time for a new chapter to further my career.

“I believe that the Chiefs will provide a great environment where my rugby will continue to develop and my playing opportunities will be enhanced.”  

Bird made his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2013 for the Crusaders, having played 31 matches for them.   He made his All Blacks debut against Japan in 2013 and was also part of the 2011 New Zealand Under 20’s IRB Junior World Championship winning team alongside Brodie Retallick and Sam Cane.  

Bird’s signing with the Chiefs sees him join Nepo Laulala as Chiefs recruits for the 2016 and 2017 Investec Super Rugby seasons.

Bird who is the son of former Hawke’s Bay player John Bird was the Central Hawkes Bay High School Head Boy and is currently studying a Science degree.

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