Mitchell thanks fans for support in retirement announcement


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    Former Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell has announced he will retire at the end of the French Top 14 season.

    Mitchell used Twitter on Monday to say he’ll hang up the boots next month when the 33-year-old finishes his commitments with Toulon.

    “So it’s my turn to call time on my rugby career!” Mitchell tweeted.

    “I’ve been very lucky to have had the experiences I’ve had in our great game. Thank you.”

    It will bring a close to a glittering career that started in Super Rugby with Queensland in 2004 and led to him making 71 Test appearances for the Wallabies.

    Mitchell also had stints at the Western Force and Waratahs before moving to France in 2013.

    At Toulon alongside Wallabies teammate and good friend Matt Giteau, Mitchell helped the European giants claim back-to-back Champions Cups in 2014 and 2015 as well as the Top 14 title in 2014.

    Mitchell played in three World Cups, including in 2015 when he started on the wing in the final loss to New Zealand at Twickenham.

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    • April 18th 2017 @ 10:29am
      Marto said | April 18th 2017 @ 10:29am | ! Report

      2 down, one to go..When is Dean Mumm announcing his retirement ?

      • April 18th 2017 @ 12:11pm
        Johnno said | April 18th 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

        That’s a bit harsh Marto! Especially on Mitchell. Who is the third player you refer to?

        • April 18th 2017 @ 2:22pm
          Marto said | April 18th 2017 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

          Chicken legs Gits .. hahaha

          • April 18th 2017 @ 9:21pm
            Johnno said | April 18th 2017 @ 9:21pm | ! Report

            You have to be joking mate. You obviously know nothing about respect for these retiring players who have achieved a huge amount in Wallaby colours. Its not about how good or not they are now, its about the great careers we can look back on and applaud. Mitchell and Giteau can be proud of their Wallaby achievements. They were the best in the world in their respective positions at one stage.

      • April 18th 2017 @ 7:21pm
        ethan said | April 18th 2017 @ 7:21pm | ! Report

        Of all the controversial WBs over time, Drew was not really one of them. Well deserved his place, so its sad to see one of the few comments here take such a negative tone. A rare chance for OZ rugby fans in recent times to celebrate and reflect positively on something… yet the comment section has no discussion?

        A sign of the times perhaps. Kudos for speaking up Johnno!

        • April 18th 2017 @ 9:15pm
          Johnno said | April 18th 2017 @ 9:15pm | ! Report

          Thanks. Mitchell could play. He deserves our respect and thanks.

    • April 18th 2017 @ 5:44pm
      Frank O'Keeffe said | April 18th 2017 @ 5:44pm | ! Report

      It’s a bit disappointing that The Roar didn’t give a tribute to Mitchell, but rather instead just posted this news story.

      I liked Mitchell very much.

      I recall the disgustingly horrid year that was 2005, and all the injuries the Wallabies sustained – Larkham out, Flatley retired due to concussions, Mortlock out, etc. If I went back through George Gregan’s biography I’d recall about four or five more injuries.

      Gregan noted in his book that by the end of the year, Drew Mitchell was like a senior player.

      The high-point of that year for Mitchell was his scoring arguably the try of the year, FOR ANY COUNTRY, against New Zealand. He glided into five-eighth from full-back, beat a few players, and then in wet conditions he glided over the turf with Jerry Collins on his back.

      I recall ohtani’s jacket telling me that he thought Mitchell would one day replace Latham at fullback and that he was the most talented Australian footballer he’d seen in a while. It didn’t happen though.

      I have enormous respect for Adam Ashley-Cooper, but in 2008 he wasn’t as good as he would later become, and I felt with Latham retiring in 2007, that Mitchell would have been the better choice. Certainly after AAC’s game against South Africa where Australia lost by their biggest margin in history, I thought Mitchell should have been selected.

      What’s disappointing is that I’m not sure Mitchell was really given a platform to utilise his full potential. For me, the highpoint of Mitchell’s career and Robbie Deans’ coaching stint, was the performances of Australia’s back three in 2010.

      Kurtley Beale… oh how people forget how great you were in 2010! When Beale had an electric year, James O’Connor finally found his feet at international level, and that back three performed incredible that year, with Mitchell having his best year for the Wallabies.

      Unfortunately I do regard Mitchell as someone we never saw in full-bloom.

    • April 18th 2017 @ 7:14pm
      ethan said | April 18th 2017 @ 7:14pm | ! Report

      Great career Drew, congratulations on all achieved.

    • April 18th 2017 @ 8:05pm
      AJ said | April 18th 2017 @ 8:05pm | ! Report

      He played well at the last world cup. But he never lived up to his initial promise, I think he scored two tries on debut vs NZ?
      Alas, he never drank from the big cup, along with all his contemporaries and this will lower their ranking in the Wallaby history book. Much like England cricketers between 1989 and 2005.

    • April 18th 2017 @ 8:47pm
      Lorry said | April 18th 2017 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

      Drew was one of the the best Wallaby backs since the last golden era of Roff etc..

      Generally a very consistent player, right into his 30s, which is unusual for a winger.

      He also seems to be very articulate when talking on rugby matters, so might move into commentary?

      Thanks Drew!

    • April 19th 2017 @ 4:08am
      Ken Catchpole's Other Leg said | April 19th 2017 @ 4:08am | ! Report

      And to play in 2 World CUps After such a horrific ankle injury.
      Well played Drew Mitchell

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