It's a challenge thing
One of the worst-kept secrets in Australia has been confirmed. Wallaby and Waratahs wing Drew Mitchell will move to French club Toulon later this year.
The Australian Rugby Union confirmed on Thursday that Mitchell will depart at the end of the international season, after he decided not to re-sign with the ARU.
The 63-Test veteran - who is keen to add to his tally of international caps in the highly anticipated B&I Lions Tour in June and July and the Rugby Championship later in the year - will only depart Australia following the conclusion of the Test season.
Mitchell made his Super Rugby debut in 2004 for the Reds against the Highlanders and has since amassed 106 caps between the Reds, the Force and most recently the Waratahs.
A year after bursting onto the Super Rugby scene Mitchell gained Test selection, debuting against the Springboks in Sydney.
Now entering his ninth international season Mitchell has made a name for himself as a prolific try scorer and shares the honour of being Australia’s second highest Rugby World Cup try scorer with 10 tries, equal with David Campese and one behind Chris Latham.
"First and foremost, playing for Australia means absolutely everything to me," Mitchell said, but he added that he wanted a new challenge in France.
"It's a challenge thing, what I want out of footy and life."