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Flying Mogensen back in the fast lane

Esher Rugby can today confirm a third new arrival for the 2013-2014 season in the shape of ex-Northampton Saints, Moseley and Cambridge winger, Anders Mogensen.

Mogensen, educated at the prestigious Millfield School, represented England at U16 and U18 level and, after turning out for the Saints in the JP Morgan Sevens, spent time on loan at National One outfit Cambridge, before turning out for Moseley, in the GKIPA Championship, last season.

Nine tries in 17 appearances for the Blood and Sand saw Mogensen make a step up in division, with his lightning speed, counter-attacking ability and deft footwork all prominent.

Despite injuries blighting the 22-year-old’s campaign last year, he still made eight appearances for Kevin Maggs’ Moseley but now, having worked hard to regain fitness, he is refreshed and ready to make his comeback.

“If I’m being honest, I was on the verge of quitting the game altogether – it really did get to a point where because of the injuries, rugby wasn’t fun anymore and I fell out of love with a sport that had given me so many great memories up to that point,” he said.

“I was ready to start my career away from the game and forge a new path for myself. It was something of a surprise when my agent called me at the end of the season to say that Esher were interested in talking to me.

“After an initial chat on the phone, I came down a week or so later to have a look around and from there things moved very quickly. The whole dynamic at the Club is about not only playing rugby at a very good level, but enjoying all the other aspects that life at a rugby club has to offer.

“The blueprint here is to play fast, attractive and open rugby and that was something that struck a chord with me straight away. After a tough last 12 months, I just want to be playing with a smile on my face, and I know I’ll be able to do that here. When it comes down to business, the professionalism of the players and staff is second to none, but the boys also know when it’s time to take a step back.”

Having enjoyed a solid pre-season under the tutelage of interim head coach Ricky Nebbett, Mogensen is happy with the progress he is making ahead of Esher’s opening pre-season clash against Dorking.

Equally at home at full-back as he is on the wing, Mogensen further bolsters an already strong-looking back three department, containing Andy Wright, Spencer Sutherland, Joe Brown and Luke Daniels.

For Zimbabwean born Mogensen, however, it’s all about doing his bit for the team – in whatever capacity.

“I’m just being patient, working hard and building my confidence back up, and not worrying about what might or might not happen over the course of the next few months.

“The last time I played regularly, for Cambridge, was probably my best experience of senior rugby and if I can come close to replicating my time there at Esher, then I’ll be happy.

“It’s tremendously exciting to be part of a squad that has so much potential and regardless of whether I’m playing, or required to support the boys in another capacity, I’ll be doing my absolute best to ensure we give ourselves every chance of succeeding.”

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