Canadian Tyler Ardron signs for Super Rugby's Chiefs for 2018

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Ardron makes a break for Canada (Getty)

Versatile back-rower Tyler Ardron will become the first Canadian player to play for a New Zealand Super Rugby franchise after signing for the Chiefs next season.

Ardron has likely been brought in to cover Michael Leitch who's heading to the Sunwolves as early as next season.

The 25-year-old currently plies his trade for Welsh Pro 12 club Ospreys who confirmed his departure earlier this week.

Ardron is capable of playing in the second row or across the back of the scrum which is where he'll likely fit in, particularly with Liam Messam set to depart next season. 

High-profile backs Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden and James Lowe are also leaving the franchise for Europe next season.

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Ardron in action for Ospreys (Getty)

Earning his international debut back in 2012, Ardron has made 22 appearances for Canada including captaining the side at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He's also set to captain the side in the upcoming Rugby World Cup qualifiers against the US Eagles.

Ardron won't be the first Canadian to play Super Rugby with the Stormers previously having two players from the country in their squad.

There has also been Canadian Hubert Buydens who played in New Zealand however only made it to Mitre 10 Cup level with Manawatu.

The Chiefs are expected to confirm the signing Friday morning.


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