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Mature Mogg looking to show off development on Brumbies return

Fri, 03/12/2021, 5:51 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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Much has changed at the Brumbies since Jesse Mogg pulled on the jersey, with the fullback eager to show off his own developments as he returns where it all began.

After six years playing in France with Montpellier and Pau, the 32-year-old signed a two-year deal with the club he made his professional debut in 2012.

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Front-rowers Allan Allalatoa and Scott Sio, as well as halves Nic White and Rodney Iona are the four remaining Brumbies from his 2015 departure as the fullback gets used to the new faces in pre-season camp.

“A lot’s changed but a lot’s still the same so it’s good (to be back)…I’m probably a little different from where I was six years ago but the group’s a lot younger and full of enthusiasm but it’s great being back to Canberra,” Mogg told reporters.

“It was something I always wanted to do. When I left, I always wanted to come back here at some point. There were a few contributing factors but the decision was easy once the opportunity was there and I’m looking to make the most of it.”

Mogg believes his time in France allowed him to develop into a more all-round player, looking to impart his expanded knowledge on the young group of backs,

"I think my knowledge has changed a bit,” he believes. “The rugby overseas is different so I’ve expanded my knowledge on the game.

“I’ve still got a little speed left so hopefully that running rugby and that skill level I’ll continue to work on.

“I’m a little more well-rounded as a player. I think a lot of people know me here as a kicking player but I think being overseas you learn both running and kicking so hopefully I can bring that here.”

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He headlines the growing level of depth pushing for positions, joined by Sevens standout Cam Clark, former Red Chris Feauai-Sautia and highly touted Hawke's Bay centre Ollie Sapsford.

They will be joined by returning Wallabies Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Len Ikitau and Tom Banks, who have become vital members of Dave Rennie's set-up.

Mogg is confident the added competition and experience will help the side improve ahead of the inaugural Super Rugby Pacific season.

“I think it’s great. I think everyone putting their foot forward and the more experience you have, hopefully, that can translate onto the field,” he said.

“It’s a really good, skilful group who are fit, fast so over the next six weeks we’ll keep pushing each other and getting better each day.

“Pre seasons are renowned for being quite gruesome and long but I think the dynamic of the coaching group has changed. A lot of skill focus but also working hard so it’s been really good and hopefully I can get better myself individually."

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