Exeter Chiefs sign tighthead prop Jimmy Roots ahead of 2024/25 season

Jimmy Roots will join Exeter Chiefs from Ealing Trailfinders
Jimmy Roots will join Exeter Chiefs from Ealing Trailfinders
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Exeter Chiefs have announced the signing of tighthead prop Jimmy Roots ahead of the 2024/25 season.

Roots, brother of younger brother of current Chief and England international Ethan, made his professional rugby debut with provincial side North Harbour in 2019.

The 24-year-old made a switch to RFU Championship club Ealing Trailfinders in 2022 and also represented New Zealand Under 20 side in the past.

“Signing for Chiefs has been pretty daunting as well as exciting. It’s a challenge and a big step up, but it’s one that I’m excited for. Being back with my brother is really cool, but I’m looking to make the most of my opportunity and take it with both hands," he told the club's official website.

“Speaking to Rob and the other coaches, there is good aspirations here to build something special, and I think that’s shown in the team they’ve picked every week with a lot of young boys coming through.

"So, hopefully I can earn a game at a time then see where it takes me.”

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter is delighted with the signing of Roots.

“We knew we were making a few changes in our front row department, so we’re always on the lookout for young players who we feel can develop and grow and that have their best years ahead of them.

“Obviously, getting to know Ethan, has been a bonus as we can see the impact that he has had. Jimmy came to the UK with a very good reputation in New Zealand having represented their U20s, so he’s a player that we’ve been keeping an eye on for a while.

“We’re pleased with the rugby he’s been playing and the potential he has displayed. We feel he’s a guy that can come in to be here for a period of time, where he can develop into a guy who drives the team forward."