Seawolves Land Forwards Comptat and Larsen in Legion Trade
TUKWILA, WASHINGTON (JUNE 18, 2021) – The Seattle Seawolves are excited to welcome Victor Comptat and Travis Larsen to their 2021 Major League Rugby squad. Both Comptat and Larsen come to Seattle from a trade with the San Diego Legion.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Comptat spent most of his rugby career in France. Joining the Toulon Academy from 2008-2015 developing his skills with the infamous club side, eventually professional opportunities in Top14, D2, and F1 leagues arose as he has suited up for French sides CA Brive (2015-27), RC Massy (17-18), Bédarrides-Châteauneuf-du-Pape (18-19), Carqueiranne-Hyères (19-20), and Lille (21). Comptat in the offseason for the French leagues has been an active member of Major League Rugby since 2017 where he first signed with Austin in the inaugural season of MLR. Comptat moved to the Houston SaberCats later in 2018 and was with the Texas side up until recently as he reentered Major League Rugby with the San Diego Legion from Lille. The young lock is US eligible and eager to continue to develop his established skills state-side and work towards USA senior national team recognition.
Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Larsen grew up in New Zealand and began his rugby career there. The dual-nationality player for Canada and New Zealand alike has been a member of the Canada A side and full-time training environment for many years, just shy of the 2019 Rugby Canada World Cup squad. Larsen earned a handful of accolades while in New Zealand as he came up through the university and club scene, playing for the Marist Premier Squad, North Harbour U20s, New Zealand Universities Colts and national side as a young player. He was awarded the Armiger Trophy and Massey University Blues Award before moving to senior sides such as Northland of the ITM Cup. A move to Italy came next in 2014 where he spent one season with Rugby Lyons Piacenza and one with Petrarca Padova. He returned to Canada in 2016, competing domestically and training as a centralized player for Rugby Canada. Larsen joined MLR in 2019 with Austin, starting every match besides one for the national team duty. The loose forward moved East to join Old Glory DC for the 2020 season, playing four matches for their side before the remainder of the season was canceled. In 2021, Larsen signed with the San Diego Legion and became a staple in the early part of the season. A little closer to one of his two homes, Larsen is ready to get to work with Seattle to end the season on a high note.
The Seattle Seawolves (2-9) are set for a conference rematch with the Austin Gilgronis (7-5) at Starfire Stadium. The week 14 MLR match kicks off at 5:00 PM PT on Sunday, June 20. Tune in on ROOT SPORTS and The Rugby Network for viewers inside the United States and The Rugby Network for those outside of the US. Fully-vaccinated fans can purchase tickets here.
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