The 27-year-old will be one of eight new faces at the club, joining the likes of Finn Russell, Simon Zebo and Ben Volavola.
Bird will replace the retiring Argentinian Patricio Albacete.
He moved north to join the Chiefs in 2016, and his form for the side saw him re-selected for the All Blacks at the end of 2017.
Unfortunately the 2.06m lock had his 2018 campaign cut short after suffering a shoulder injury during the first game of the Super Rugby season.
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Fellow new signings Volavola and Raphael Lagarde will likely battle to back up Scottish international Russell, with all three new fly-halves joining the club after the departures of Daniel Carter and Remi Tales. The club will also be without the recently re-signed Patrick Lambie for an extended period after the Springbok suffered a serious knee injury during the recent Champions cup final at Bilbao.
Yannick Nyanga, who has retired from playing at 34, will remain with the club as sporting director.
Nyanga will join forces with former Racing teammates Chris Masoe and Casey Laulala, who have been taken on as coaching assistants.
Viliamu Afatia, Marc Andreu, Dan Carter, Remi Tales, Albert Vulivuli, Anthony Tuitavake
Patricio Albacete, Dambielle Benjamin, Casey Laulala, Yannick Nyanga
Dominic Bird, Jordan Joseph, Fabien Sanconnie, Finn Russell, Raphael Lagarde, Olivier Klemenczack, Ben Volavola, Simon Zebo
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