Good pal Nic White has also left the Brumbies to join Montpellier. White ultimately played a big role in convincing Mogg to return to Canberra as well.
After leaving Montpellier to join Pau in 2017, Mogg suffered a terrible injury, during which he underwent four operations on the shin of his right leg. He missed nearly three years of rugby.
“It started with a benign tumor in my tibia and I had surgery to remove it and then had a bone graft to replace the damaged bone,” Mogg said.
“I came back from that and it obviously wasn’t strong enough. I was at practice one day and I went kicking a ball and broke my leg, in the same spot. I knew right away that I had broken it.
“I had a third surgery to fix that, and about seven months later it was still painful in the same spot, so I decided to have a last-minute fourth surgery. [another bone graft]. With a little luck and hard work, it worked. »
Mogg returned to the pitch and finished the 2021 season with Pau, but after discussing the Brumbies with White (who returned from overseas ahead of the 2019 World Cup), the seed was planted for a return to the House. Talks with Dan McKellar followed and Mogg signed a two-year contract in July last year.
“I could have stayed in France, but it was more of a change outside of rugby, especially for my wife. [Alexandra]who is French, and just having this lifestyle change living here, not just coming back on vacation,” Mogg said.
“It was probably the last chance I could come back, given my age – I’m only 32 now.
“All injury problems are a thing of the past now. I feel good and I’m looking forward to this weekend. I hope I can get back on the pitch and do what I love to do.
Mogg admits the intensity of a Super Rugby pre-season was difficult at first, but he now feels as fit as ever and ready to make an impact. He will come off the bench for the Brumbies on Sunday afternoon at GIO Stadium, with Tom Banks, Tom Wright and Andy Muirhead an established back-three.
“I knew the challenge of coming here,” Mogg said. “Obviously Banksy being the Wallabies full-back and then Wrighty on one side and Andy on the other, who has played the most in the last three or four years.
“But I think it’s really healthy to have a competitive roster and a nurturing environment. It wouldn’t be rugby if things were just given to you.