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Brumbies reject talk of Mogg moving to AFL

Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg wants to play in the Rugby World Cup

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Article Published: Friday 10 January 2014|

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has rejected speculation that Wallabies fullback Jesse Mogg could join the Brisbane Lions in AFL.

Mogg spent time with the Brisbane Lions in December when he was spending time with family in Queensland and recovering from a shoulder surgery.

On Friday Mogg was linked with a switch to the AFL side which stunned the player himself as well as the Brumbies even though Larkham had to admit that the 24-year-old had "all the skills" to be an AFL star.

Mogg would be an ideal candidate for the AFL game given the power of his left boot and speed but the Brumbies say that the possibility of playing in the Rugby World Cup will keep him in Brisbane.

"His got a massive and accurate boot ....he'd be an excellent AFL player but I don't want to talk him up too much," Larkham told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"We got Moggy back in kicking in December and we didn't want it to drop away over the holiday break. We teed up a few opportunities for him to kick in Brisbane and he enjoyed it.

"And from all reports, they were pretty impressed. Moggy's had a couple of good years. I think he's still chasing the Wallabies dream."

The former Brisbane Broncos under 20's player was spotted by the Brumbies in Canberra club rugby two years ago and has worked his way up to international level and earned his first Wallabies cap in June last year.

Mogg is one of five Wallabies who come off contract soon and Larkham has started negotiations with his Canberra stars to keep them at the Brumbies.

"Moggy's had a really good season .... I think he's had a couple of good years and he wants to get back to the Wallabies," Larkham said.

Mogg, Matt Toomua, Christian Lealiifano, Scott Fardy and Scott Sio, as well as Henry Speight, Fotu Auelua and Andrew Smith all come off contract later this year.

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