Wallabies and Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg is set to have shoulder surgery. Photo: Melissa Adams
Jesse Mogg admits code hopper Israel Folau's Wallabies form played a part in the Brumbies fullback getting a shoulder reconstruction now rather than battling through the rest of the international season.
Mogg will return to Canberra to see the surgeon on Thursday and will probably go under the knife next week before beginning the ''five to six month'' rehabilitation.
It means he will miss the first few rounds of the 2014 Super Rugby season.
Mogg made his Wallabies debut against the British and Irish Lions, when Robbie Deans was in charge, and then started both Bledisloe Tests against the All Blacks with Ewen McKenzie at the helm.
But McKenzie dropped him to the bench against South Africa, opting for Folau at fullback instead.
The former NRL and AFL player has since made the No.15 jersey his own.
''Izzy's been going well back there,'' Mogg said on Tuesday. ''Obviously he's touched a lot more ball, which is what everyone wanted.
''I assume that might've had a little bit to do with it, that they've found someone else who can cover that fullback position.''
Mogg initially injured his left shoulder playing for Wests in the John I Dent Cup before he was spotted by Brumbies coach Jake White, who wouldn't allow him to play in the 2011 grand final in case he damaged it further.
The 24-year-old then injured it again against the Sharks in South Africa in March and has been struggling ever since.
McKenzie had hoped Mogg's shoulder would hold up to the rigours of international rugby, but the Wallabies coach decided it was hindering his performances and surgery was needed.
The alternative was for Mogg to battle through the rest of the Rugby Championship and then the European spring tour at less than 100 per cent before having the operation. He would then be out of action until June and miss most of the Super Rugby season.
But the 24-year-old saw surgery now as his best chance of forcing his way back into the Wallabies XV.
It also improves his chances of being part of the 2015 World Cup in England if he can rediscover his form in Super Rugby next year.
''Ewen felt it was affecting my ability on the field and at training … so the decision was made to get it fixed and work to be 100 per cent for next year,'' Mogg said.
Mogg admitted it was also disappointing to miss the chance of redemption. The Brumbies outside back felt he was below his best in his run-on debut against the All Blacks and had started to find his feet in his second Test against the world champions.
Now he will have to wait until next year to win back a gold jersey.
''I copped a lot of criticism after that first game [against the All Blacks] and I thought I improved in the second game, and I was looking to build coming off a big last month with the Brumbies,'' he said.
''It wasn't to be and … it's always disappointing to finish on a not-so-good note, and it makes you a bit more hungry to prove the doubters wrong.''