This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
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Former Cronulla winger and dual International Mat Rogers has announced he will quit rugby union after next year's World Cup in France and return to rugby league.
Rogers has signed a two-year deal with the new Gold Coast Titans franchise once his current contract with the Wallabies expires at the end of next season.
"It's great opportunity to start afresh," Rogers said today,
"I spent my formative years on the Gold Coast and it was the best days of my life."
Rogers stressed his commitment to the Wallabies up to and including next year's World Cup campaign.
"I'm certainly looking forward to the next 12 months in rugby," he said.
"It would be good to finish with a bang and I can move on knowing that I have achieved everything. By no means do I feel I have achieved everything in rugby, there's still a lot to go."
Wallabies coach John Connolly said Rogers had discussed his plans with the ARU and his decision would not have any impact on his prospects of playing at the World Cup.
"Mat's done a great service for rugby, he's been a great team man," Connolly told a Sydney radio station.
"He'll be 32 at the end of the World Cup next year and whatever decision he makes, we'll support him."
Rogers was one of three high-profile rugby league players who defected to union ahead of the 2003 World Cup, where Australia finished runners-up to England. Rogers played 11 tests for Australia in rugby league and was a member of the Kangaroos team that won the 2000 World Cup before switching codes in 2002.
He has played 41 tests for the Wallabies at fullback, centre and fly-half, scoring 13 tries.