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Mogg admits Wallabies omission hurt

Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg was left out of the Wallabies squad

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Article Published: Tuesday 27 May 2014|

Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg has admitted that his confidence has taken a knock after he was snubbed by Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie for the June Test series.

Fullback Mogg says that he is considering playing some club rugby for Wests to help rebuild his confidence.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said that they would not tinker with their backline combinations even though McKenzie making a point to select Matt Toomua as an inside centre instead of a flyhalf.

Twenty-four-year-old Mogg admits that he wasn't too surprised when the he left out of the Wallabies for and says that his main focus is finding a spark to boost the Brumbies chances of reaching the play-offs.

The Brumbies looked to be on course for the play offs but two losses in South Africa have dropped them out of the play-off places and to third in the Australian Super Rugby after one more game than the two teams above them.

Mogg's performance in last week's 44-23 loss to the Bulls mirrors how the team have been struggling when he bombed a try late in the game when he lost control of the ball with an open try line ahead.

"It summed up my year, I can't really say what's gone wrong. It's hurting my confidence a little bit," Mogg told the Canberra Times.

"But I can't sit back, I'll work on it and try to pull something out against the Rebels.

"I can't let it affect me, I'm sure it will turn soon. I spoke to Ewen and he said they're looking at more consistency from me, I agree with that. You don't want to take guys who are running at 60 or 70 per cent."

Mogg said that he was considering return Wests in the Canberra premier division in order to get some extra game while the Wallabies play the internationals against France.

"It's disappointing not to be in the Wallabies, but at the same time I half expected it," Mogg said.

"I'll try to get back to club rugby to get some game time and build some confidence. I guess you've got to back yourself.

"I've got to play to my strengths and not do things I don't normally do. I go well when I just play my natural game, but for some reason this year it hasn't fallen that way."

Mogg had shoulder surgery in the off-season and due to this he missed most of the Brumbies pre-season and has been unable to play at his peak this year.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham admits that Mogg's up and down performances have been frustrating.

"Moggy's been up and down in the season and in games," said Larkham.

"It's just not quite clicking at the moment but we're working on it and things will turn."

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