Ethan is the son of former All Blacks captain and more recently Crusaders' Super Rugby team coach, Todd Blackadder, who's now plying his coaching trade with Bath in the Premiership.
Blackadder hails from North Canterbury originally but attended high school at Nelson College and lived up there since.
He joined the Nelson senior B club side in his first year out of college in 2013, when he also captained the Nelson Bays U18 representative side, before progressing to the Nelson club's top side the following year.
He was called into the Tasman provincial team after a stellar club season where he co-lead Nelson to the Nelson Bays championship title.
He made his NPC debut (R4) in September 2017 against Otago in Dunedin and featured prominently throughout the season.
He became a regular starter for Tasman in 2017 as they made their way to the Premiership Final.
In October 2017, Blackadder was one of 7 new signings in the Crusaders squad for the 2018 Super Rugby season.
Blackadder's exceptional work rate and ability to play at lock as well as loose forward provides useful versatility for the Crusaders in his debut season.
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