BACKROWER ETHAN ROOTS knows he has some big boots to fill after discovering the Kiwi legacy at the Ospreys but he is determined to live the dream at the Swansea.com Stadium.
Roots, 23, came on loan as cover for fellow flanker Dan Lydiate and signed a two-year deal to stay with the regional rugby franchise in the summer.
He played for the Maori All Blacks and was selected for the Crusaders squad after an impressive campaign for North Harbour in New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup before he arrived in Swansea last season.
“The Ospreys is really heading in the right direction, the things Toby is doing are working really well and there is a good group of boys here,” said Roots.
“I am just excited about what is to come at the Ospreys.
“Swansea really resonated with me and is pretty similar to home, and I have felt really welcomed here.”