Former Wallaby International Drew Mitchell Is Coming Out Of Retirement

Look who’s back in blue.

Former Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell has come out of retirement for the NSW Waratahs as their marquee player for next month’s Global Brisbane Tens tournament.

Mitchell last played for the NSW Waratahs in 2013 after 39 Super Rugby matches for the franchise. Following stints with the Western Force and French Club Toulon, the 33-year-old is ready to lace up his boots again.

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“To have an opportunity to get back into it is fantastic because not only will I be in the same team as the guys I recently played with and know really well, I will also have the chance to play alongside the new generation of Waratahs,” Mitchell said.

He played for Toulon in the inaugural tournament in 2017.

“I think everyone thought it was going to be more like the Sevens game with a lot of space but once we got out there, we realised that set piece and territory was pretty important and it was probably closer to the 15-a-side game than we were all anticipating.”

NSW Waratahs Assistant Coach Chris Malone has welcomed Mitchell’s signing.

“Who wouldn’t want the ‘Rooster’ in your team? Having experienced tournament play with Drew, he will add a lot to the group and his experience will be invaluable. One of his greatest attributes is his enthusiasm and he is a great team man so it’s fantastic to have this former Waratah back. He is not too bad on the wing either,” Malone said.