BACKROWER Ethan Roots is coming to the end of his first full season with the Ospreys but he already understands the significance of the West Wales derby against the Scarlets.
The Ospreys host their traditional rivals in the United Rugby Championship clash at the Swansea.com Stadium on Saturday, April 30th (kick-off: 5.15pm).
The New Zealander, who signed for the Ospreys in July 2021, has played 20 games for the regional rugby franchise and has become a mainstay of the first team squad since he arrived.
“I appreciate how big the game is for everyone, the fans, our coaching staff and us players as well, every time it nears towards the game, it’s all everyone cares about. It’s a big occasion,” said Roots.
“Supporters are massive for these games and the more that are there creates a great atmosphere to play in. It gives us a real lift.”
The Ospreys face the Scarlets on their home turf in Swansea for the first time since 2019, with supporters allowed back in to watch the biggest game in the regional rugby calendar.
A unique and exciting Feastival of live music, including street food and entertainment, are all part of the build up to the main event of the day at the Swansea.com Stadium.
The family day includes affordable ticket pricing with entry for children starting at just £5 for a great family day out.
Roots has experience of playing in big rugby derbies back in New Zealand and featured in the derby between North Harbour and Auckland.