In just 12 months, Jesse Mogg has developed from a standout club competitor to a player on the brink of earning a start with the Wallabies. Known as the Greyhound for his slender build and long stride, Mogg’s ability to break the line saw him score the Brumbies try of the season in 2012, with a chip- and-regather finish against the Sharks at Canberra Stadium. It was one of four tries he scored during his debut season after being handed an EPS spot in the months prior to the 2012 kick-off. A Queensland native, Mogg attend St Patricks in Brisbane, the same school as prolific Wallabies try-scorer Drew Mitchell. After representing the Australia A Schools side in 2006, Mogg was picked up by the Brisbane Broncos, featuring heavily in their Toyota Cup squad in 2009. He joined the Brumbies Academy a year later, with trials against the Reds in Darwin and the Hurricanes in Canberra following over the next 12 months. Complimenting his elusive running skills is an enormous left boot which has proved handy in kicking for goal or clearing out of enemy territory. In a vote taken by all first grade coaches at the end of 2011, Mogg’s name was the only one to appear on every ballet paper providing Jake White with a clear indication of the high esteem in which his young fullback was held. As a just reward for a breakout debut season in which he netted 16 Super Rugby caps, Mogg was picked for the Wallabies train-on squad prior to the June Tests against Scotland and Wales.
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