Adam MacDougall On His Ruined Wallabies Dream “I Wanted To Join You Wendell”

Adam “Mad Dog” MacDougall joined The Rush Hour with Gus, Jude & Wendell for their Hero, Highlight & Hardship podcast.


The Man & Woman Shake founder chatted about his illustrious career.

Though, he opened up on his two-near career ending injuries and his scuppered dreams to join Wendell at the Wallabies.

“The biggest criticism of myself was that I missed a lot of footy,” said MacDougall.

“Doing my ACL at 24, I hadn’t reach my potential.

“After I did my knee I was out for 18 months. The surgeons told me not to play again.

“And then ironically, I came back, got picked for Australia and on the eve of playing for the [Kangaroos] I ruptured my achilles tendon on the other leg!

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“I was out for another 18 months and told to retire [again].”

Mad Dog continued to explain how those injuries played a big factor in what would have been a career defining move, a swap of codes from league to rugby union.

“Those two injuries in a short period of time took the wind out of my sails.

“It left me with that question, always wondering what could I have done?

“I wanted to go too rugby union and join you [Wendell Sailor] and see what I could do in that code as well.”