The Austin Gilgronis will have Kurt Morath back for the 2021 Major League Rugby season, according to the team’s extension announcement for Will Magie, as “Magie returns to Austin to compete in a deep playmaker unit with Kurt Morath and Zinzan Elan-Puttick.” The 35-year-old flyhalf (36 in November) is 5’11” and 200 lbs.
Kurt started one match with the Austin Gilgronis prior to the truncated season ending in 2020. He then stayed in Austin with his family. He also played in the inaugural MLR season with the Utah Warriors in 2018.
Kurt was born in North Shore City, New Zealand, and attended the Hamilton Boys’ College. He played club rugby for Clonakilty RFC, provincial rugby for Auckland in 2006, and for Taranaki from 2006-2008. His Senior rugby career includes playing for Kubota Spears in 2013-2014, Biarritz in 2014-2015, the San Diego Breakers in 2016, the Utah Warriors in 2018, and the Doncaster Knights in 2018-2019.
Tonga National Team
Kurt is the all-time leading points scorer for the Tonga National Team. He made his debut for Tonga against Portugal on 28, November 2007 and last played in the 2019 Rugby World Cup against England on 22, September. Kurt has 38 caps (32 starts) and has 340 points for the team. He also played in the Rugby World Cup in 2011, 2015, and 2019, making 9 appearances.
Austin Gilgronis 2020 Signing Announcement
Everything is always bigger in Texas. The announcement of the additions of Kurt Morath, Pele Cowley, and Will Magie was no exception.