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Injury update: It’s BAD NEWS for Marcus Smith and England

#2. Ethan Roots

A talented mixed martial artist, Auckland-born Roots gave up a promising career in Brazilian jiu-jitsu to pursue his rugby dream.

His playing career began at North Harbour, before signing with the Crusaders in 2020. A move to Europe in 2021 saw him play for Ospreys, before joining Exeter Chiefs ahead of the 2023-24 season. Eligible through his English father, Roots’ impressive performances in the Gallagher Premiership for the Chiefs earned him a place in Steve Borthwick’s England squad for the Guinness Men’s Six Nations 2024.

Greenwood wrote: “An old-school six, bit of a throwback if you want an enforcer. Dave Ewers will be thinking: “Finally, someone recognises the importance of smashing things.”

“He has a bit of edge with Kiwi written all over him. Within minutes of watching him, you appreciate why the All Blacks have been so good for so long. He’s a clever ball-player as well as an abrasive operator.”

Ethan Roots of Exeter Chiefs during the Investec Champions Cup, Round 3 match between Exeter Chiefs and Glasgow Warriors at Sandy Park, Exeter on 13th Jan 2024. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK