The New England Free Jacks signed Josh Larsen for the 2020 Major League Rugby season. He is 25-years-old lock is 6’5″, and 235 lbs. During the 2019 MLR season, Josh played in 13 matches for Austin Elite Rugby and was a key contributor.
Josh was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, but grew up in New Zealand along with his brother Travis, who also played for Austin Elite Rugby Club in 2019.
Josh 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 12 caps and has started 11 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. His last appearance was on March 8, 2019, against the U.S. in the Americas Rugby Championship
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. During 2019 he played professionally in the U.S. for Austin Elite Rugby and in 2020 will be in New England playing with the Free Jacks.