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Mogg to use his axing from Wallabies as motivation

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Lee Gaskin

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has urged ACT Brumbies rookie Jesse Mogg to continue his superb Super Rugby form and not get disheartened by his axing from the national squad.

Mogg's fairytale transition from ACT club rugby star to Australian representative lasted just 36 hours after he was cut from the Wallabies camp ahead of last week's mid-week Test against Scotland.

The rangy left-footer, who is just as adept at fullback as he is on the wing, is using his brief foray onto the international stage as motivation to win a green and gold jersey.

''You're always a little bit disappointed but there's a lot of positives coming out of it,'' Mogg said.

''Robbie said to hang in there and to keep doing what I'm doing.

''He said it's a long season and it's only my first year.

''My goal is to get back there in the near future and hopefully I can do that with the Brumbies.''

Mogg has been a revelation in his first season of Super Rugby, emerging from the club's extended-player squad to win a regular berth in one of the competition's most potent back lines.

He has rejoined his Brumbies teammates and teed off in yesterday's annual golf day at the Gold Creek Country Club.

Mogg was rested from the midweek encounter with Wales when a youthful and inexperienced Brumbies line-up stood tall against the reigning Six Nations champion before going down 25-15.

The 23-year-old returns to where it all started this weekend when he takes to the field for Wests in their John I Dent Cup match against the Uni-Norths Owls. All Brumbies-contracted players, except those carrying injuries or on Wallabies duty, will turn out in the Canberra club competition while the Super Rugby season is on hiatus.

When it resumes on June 30, Mogg will play a crucial role for the Australian conference leaders for their last three games of the season.

The Brumbies hold a five-point lead over reigning champions the Queensland Reds and are intent on breaking their eight-year finals drought. All three of their remaining games are against teams outside the playoff positions, with road trips to face the Western Force and the NSW Waratahs followed by a home clash with the Auckland Blues.

Under coach Jake White, and a vastly-different roster, the Brumbies have been the competition's surprise packets. But Mogg believes the team is living up to the internal expectations the players set themselves when they reported for pre-season duty almost 12 months ago.

''We know our standards and we know where we want to finish at the end of the season, and that hasn't changed since we started in July last year,'' he said.

''The biggest thing is keeping our consistency up and winning games we should win.

''The Reds are closing in, but we're not too worried about the other teams. I guess we changed a lot of expectation among the public and we're up there with a real chance.''

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
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NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
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AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
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WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
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ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
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CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
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NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
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SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
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Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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