Austin Elite Rugby signed Travis Larsen at flanker for the 2019 Major League Rugby season. He is 27-years-old, 6’3″, and 242 lbs.
Travis grew up in Paihia, New Zealand and most recently lived in Vancouver, British Columbia. Both he and his brother Josh, a lock, will be assets in the lineout and around the pitch for Austin Elite Rugby in 2019.
Travis began playing rugby at age 5 in New Zealand. In 2011 he played with Marist North Harbour and with Massey University that same year. With Massey, he was the Albany Campus Blues Award recipient. The following year he was selected to the New Zealand Universities side, playing in 2 matches.
In 2014, he moved to Italy, playing in the Italian Eccellenza for Petrarca Padova and the following year for Lyons Piacenza. The team advanced to the Championship and gained promotion to the Eccellenza for the following year. Travis was selected as Man of the Match with Lyons Piacenza for his performance in the Final.
Travis then moved to Canada and played with Meralomas and then with James Bay Athletic Association. He advanced to the Senior National team for Canada, playing for Canada A in a U.K tour in 2016 and then was selected for the Canada National team November 2016 tour, but did not gain a cap.
In 2017 Travis played in the Canadian Rugby Championship for the BC Bears winning the MacTier Cup and also for Canada A in the Americas Pacific Challenge. He also played for Canada A in the APC in 2018.
While Travis and Josh have signed with Austin Elite Rugby for 2019, it will be their first time that they will be playing on the same team. Look for both to play key roles with the team.