Austin Elite Rugby signed Canada lock Josh Larsen for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 24-years-old, 6’5″, and 234 lbs.
Josh was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, but grew up in New Zealand along with his brother Travis, another signing addition for Austin Elite.
He began playing rugby when he was 6 years old and attended Mount Albert Grammar School. He then studied at the University of Otago in 2015, pursuing a Commerce Degree.
In 2014 he played with the Canada Under-20s in the Junior World Trophy competition. In 2015 he played with the Taieri RFC and then for Northland Rugby Academy in 2016. The following year he played for the Northland Taniwha Mitre 10 Cup team, helping the club advance to the Championship.
In 2017 Josh was debuted for Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team against the Maori All Blacks in Vancouver. He has 9 caps and has started all 9 matches that he played. He played against Oxford University in 2018 leading up to the World Rugby Repechage and then started all three Repechage matches against Kenya, Germany, and Hong Kong as Canada won the 2019 Rugby World Cup final spot.
Josh also played in the Canadian Rugby Championship in 2018 for the BC Bears. he then joined Otago in the Mitre 10 Cup in 2018, appearing in 4 matches, before a minor elbow injury curtailed his season. He is now healthy and ready to play professionally in the U.S. for Austin Elite Rugby in 2019.