Former Crusaders and Maori All Blacks Flanker Ethan Roots hopes a rugby victory in Wales could fulfill a failed UFC dream.
The 23-year-old is ready for the United Rugby Championship campaign and hopes to once again win the Osprey jersey won by All Blacks great Jerry Collins.
He died at the age of 15 after a school bullying in Auckland.
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“But Geo Jetsu gave me that confidence and I started to move around a bit. He developed me as a person and helped me in sports. Wales online.
Roots won eight national titles, a gold medal and three silver medals at the Pan Pacific Championships, and also doubled in Cage Fighting and Muay Thai.
“I thought Geo Jitsu would be my way and maybe one day I would become a mixed martial artist and look at the UFC.”
But when he was let go of his gym, Roots returned to rugby, captaining Roseman College’s second XV, before embarking on a Premier Club career with the East Coast Bays.
He started his provincial championship in 2019 by playing five matches for North Harbor.
The future looked bright when Roots made his Super Rugby debut for the Crusaders against the Highlanders in February 2020, but it turned out to be his only appearance.
“A lot of it comes back to me,” he said. “I had some personal problems, there were some deaths in the family and I didn’t really deal with them very well.” Wales online.
“As a freshman, I couldn’t keep it to the side and keep my mind clear of everything outside of rugby.
“I really don’t have anyone to blame.”
Roots returned to North Harbor for last season’s NPC and started his Maori All Blacks.
He joined Osprey in March 2021 as the injury corps of veteran Wales Test flicker Dan Liddet.
Roots has inspired Ospreys coach Toby Booth to secure a two-year contract and is determined to make the most of it.
“Jerry Collins wore it,” Kiwi Beckor said as he signed his new contract. [Ospreys] The same number of jerseys I wear. It’s very special to me and how he played the game I want.
He told Wales online This week “There’s a lot of competition in Asparagus. Trying to get my hands on a jersey is a big goal right now.
“I want to come to the side and stay there for the next two years.”