Eight Brumbies picked for Wallabies Train On Squad

Eight University of Canberra Brumbies players have been selected to the Wallabies Train-On Squad ahead of the first Test of the international season against Scotland on 5 June.

Incumbents Pat McCabe, Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore have been joined by newcomers Dan Palmer, Jesse Mogg, Joe Tomane, Michael Hooper and Nic White. The eight players will join another 31 selected in the Train-On Squad after this Friday’s clash with the Rebels.

For White, Mogg and Tomane, 2012 was their first full year of Super Rugby having worked away in club rugby over the last two years. Palmer and Hooper have played 32 and 27 games for the Brumbies respectively in which time they’ve managed to forge reputations as world class players.

Mogg’s rise to a Wallabies train on squad was something he had always aspired to but the 23 year old did not expect to achieve his goals after just 12 professional games.

For 23-year-old Mogg, 2012 was pencilled as a development year after earning a spot in the Brumbies EPS system at the end of last season. But the flying fullback, who has drawn comparisons to Brumbies and Wallabies great Joe Roff, has taken every opportunity that’s been given to him and now stands a chance to wear Wallaby green and gold.

“When I was told at the start of the year I had an EPS spot my aim was just to get a run and experience Super Rugby, so to have been given a chance to train with the Wallabies is a huge surprise for me,” Mogg said.

“I know there is a lot in my game that needs improving. Each game I seem to find something else I need to work on so to be given a chance to improve my game in the Wallabies set up is something I’m incredibly thankful for.

“We’ve been pretty consistent at the Brumbies this year so it’s nice to see a few of the guys selected. We’re a tight group and spend a lot of time together off the field so everyone was pretty happy when we were told about who’d been selected.

“I know I’m not a Wallaby yet though. There’s plenty of hard work to get through and a game this weekend against the Rebels. But it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

The University of Canberra Brumbies will fly to Melbourne on Thursday ahead of their match with the Rebels on Friday night.

Ben Alexander
H/W: 1.89m, 119kg
DOB: 13/11/1984, Sydney, NSW
Senior Club: Uni-Norths, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 60
Super Rugby Points: 70 (14t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2008 v Reds, Canberra
Test Rugby Caps: 36
Test Rugby Points: 15 (3t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2008 v France, Sydney

Michael Hooper
Openside Flanker
H/W: 182cm, 97kg
DOB: 29/10/1991, Sydney, NSW
Senior Club: Easts, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 27
Super Rugby Points: 25 (5t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2010 v Chiefs, Canberra

Pat McCabe
Inside Centre
H/W: 186cm, 94kg
DOB: 21/03/1988, Sydney, NSW
Senior Club: Western Districts, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 38
Super Rugby Points: 30 (6t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2010 v Force, Perth
Test Rugby Caps: 11
Test Rugby Points: 10 (2t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2010 v Italy, Florence

Stephen Moore
H/W: 186cm, 112kg
DOB: 20/01/1983, Khamis, Saudi Arabia
Senior Club: Easts, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 96
Super Rugby Points: 35 (7t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2003 (Reds) v Bulls, Pretoria
Test Rugby Caps: 66
Test Rugby Points: 25 (5t)
Test Rugby Debut: 2005 v Samoa, Sydney

Dan Palmer
H/W: 180cm, 112kg
DOB: 13/09/1988, Shellharbour, NSW
Senior Club: Gungahlin, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 32
Super Rugby Debut: 2008 (Waratahs) v Highlanders, Dunedin

Jesse Mogg
H/W: 1.87m, 90kg
DOB: 08/06/1989, Brisbane
Senior Club: Western Districts
Super Rugby Caps: 12
Super Rugby Points: 17 (3t, 1c)
Super Rugby Debut: 2012 v Force, Canberra

Joseph Tomane
H/W: 1.90m, 102kg
DOB: 02/02/1990, Wellington      
Senior Club: Uni-Norths, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 11
Super Rugby Points: 20 (4t)
Super Rugby Debut: 2012 v Force, Canberra

Nic White
H/W: 175cm, 82kg
DOB: 13/06/1990, Scone
Senior Club: Queanbeyan, ACT
Super Rugby Caps: 13
Super Rugby Points: 14 (1t, 3p)
Super Rugby Debut: 2011 v Reds