Wallaby legend enters new territory

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:52
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallabies utility back Drew Mitchell has reached another milestone in his career after being named for his Classic Wallabies debut.

The 71-Test Wallaby has been named at fullback for the Classic Wallabies match against the Barbarians October 24.

The wing said farewell to 12 years of international Rugby career in April 2017 but seem to relish the different route his journey has taken.

"I thought I had reached the pinnacle," Mitchell said.

"But I guess it just shows that being a Wallaby is a good pathway to becoming a Classic Wallaby,"

When asked about the side's preparations, Mitchell revealed that they do appear a bit 'shaky'.

"To be honest we are a bit shaky," he said.

"A few drop balls, a few guys a little under the weather but that's alright.

"Everyone came in last night, got to know each other and then we got a bit of detail out of the way today.

"We're going to try and give these Barbarians a good run and hopefully help them prepare so the Wallabies get a great preparation going into the Tour,"

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While there are plenty of old, retired heads in the 23, there are also some young stars including Perth Spirit flyhalf Nick Jooste and hat-trick hero for the NSW Country Eagles on Sunday, Alex Gibbon.

"Obviously it's pretty special to be able to train and play with the guys that I've looked up to all throughout my childhood," Jooste said.

"Guys that you have idolised since you were growing up - it's pretty unreal to be training with them.

"It's going to be a pretty tough game on top of that.
"The Barbarians are a very prestigious team and it's also against a lot of boys that I play with at the moment out at Perth so that should be good fun as well,"

Classic Wallabies: 15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Alex Gibbon, 13 Matt Carraro, 12 Morgan Turinui, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Nick Jooste, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Pat McCutcheon, 7 AJ Gilbert, 6 Dave McDuling, 5 Radike Samo, 4 Jake Douglas, 3 Matt Gibbon, 2 Adam Freier, 1 Conor Young.
Replacements: 16 Bill Johnson, 17 Rory O'Connor, 18 Jock Armstrong, 19 Pat Phibbs, 20 Clay Uyen, 21 James Verity-Amm, 22 Byron Hutchinson, 23 Brendan Owen.

Source: @rugbycomau