ACT Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg says that in rugby union, you never know when your last chance will be.
It’s surprising that these are the words of a 23 year old in his debut season, rather than a seasoned player. But he has quickly learnt the highs and lows of his beloved game.
Born and raised in Brisbane, Mogg attended St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe. It was there he dabbled in various sports, including soccer and AFL, before finding his niche in rugby.
“Union is a very different game to rugby league,” he said.
“There’s a lot of interpretation you must learn. While I enjoyed my time in rugby league, I definitely think I was better suited to union.”
Study also has to fit in with his tight training schedule; he is in his third year of a part-time teaching degree at the University of Canberra.
“I think it’s important for players to have a backup plan since the retirement age of rugby union is a lot younger than other jobs, or you could get injured,” he said.
“I’d like to be a secondary school teacher when I leave rugby union.”
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