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Drew Alan Mitchell (born 26 March 1984) is a former Australian rugby union player. He played on the wing or as fullback. Up to the 2006 season he played for the Queensland Reds. He played for the Western Force for the 2007–09 Super 14 seasons. From 2010 to 2013 he played for the New South Wales Waratahs. Since 2013 he has played for RC Toulon. He made his debut for Australia in 2005 and is Australia's highest try scorer in World Cup history.

Drew Mitchell
Drew Mitchell - US Oyonnax - Rugby club toulonnais, 28th September 2013 (cropped).jpg
Mitchell in 2013
Birth nameDrew Alan Mitchell
Date of birth (1984-03-26) 26 March 1984 (age 35)
Place of birthLiverpool, New South Wales, Australia[citation needed]
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
SchoolSt Patrick's College, Shorncliffe
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2017 Toulon 81 (115)
Correct as of 16 April 2017
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–2006
2007–2009
2010–2013
Queensland
Western Australia
New South Wales
35
38
39
(55)
(45)
(85)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2001
2005–2016
Australian Schoolboys
Australia
5
71
(0)
(170)
Correct as of 10 September 2016

Early lifeEdit

Mitchell was educated at Strathpine West State School and St Patrick's College, Shorncliffe and played his junior rugby for the Pine Rivers Pumas Rugby Union club, going on to play rugby for University.[citation needed] Mitchell went on to captain the Queensland Academy of Sport U-19 team as well as going on to be an Australian Schoolboy and Sevens international.

CareerEdit

 
Mitchell in 2013

Mitchell made his international debut for the Wallabies against South Africa in 2005, after being selected after a season with the Queensland Reds in which he scored 11 tries and was named Australia's rookie of the year.[citation needed]

His international career stalled after Australia's autumn international tour in 2005, and he didn't feature for the Wallabies again until Wales visited in 2007. By this time Mitchell had switched to newly formed Western Force and impressed enough to gain a place in the Australia squad for the 2007 World Cup in France. He scored seven tries during that tournament.[citation needed]

Mitchell's domestic future again had a period of speculation when he was approached by the NSW Waratahs and the ACT Brumbies ahead of the 2010 Super Rugby season. Mitchell eventually signed for the NSW Waratahs, replacing Sam Norton-Knight.[citation needed]

Mitchell dislocated his ankle and broke a bone in his leg after he collided with Scott Higginbotham of the Reds during their match on Saturday, 23 April and was initially ruled out of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[citation needed] However, he subsequently made a full recovery and was included in Australia's tournament squad. He made one substitute appearance against Ireland and in two starts scored one try against the USA and two against Russia. He injured his hamstring in the final pool stage match of the 2011 World Cup, and missed the remainder of the tournament. In the lead up to the 2012 Super Rugby season Mitchell suffered an ankle problem, and missed the Waratahs pre-season games.[1] He did not play any games in the first half of the competition, making only five appearances all season.[2]

In 2013, he agreed a two-year deal to play for Toulon for the 2012–13 Top 14 season.[3] Mitchell went on to make 81 appearances for the Toulon side, securing several European & French crowns, his final match being a Top 14 Final loss to Clermont.

2015Edit

Mitchell's international career turned to a stand still after he left the Super Rugby back in 2013, but with the Australian Rugby change of rules to the eligibility of overseas based Australian Rugby players under Giteau's law, Mitchell and Toulon teammate Matt Giteau was included in the Wallabies' squad for the 2015 Rugby Championship. With solid performances playing against the Springboks in the 24–20 win at Suncorp Stadium, and the 27–19 win against New Zealand at ANZ Stadium. Mitchell was included in the Wallabies' 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ AAP (12 February 2012). "Mitchell battles ankle woes". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  2. ^ Growden, Greg (20 February 2012). "Tahs forced to field young guns as Mitchell faces long lay-off". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Mitchell says 'oui' to Toulon". Sport24. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.

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