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    Drew Mitchell accepts French rugby deal

    Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell has reportedly accepted a two-year deal to play with French Top 14 rugby club Toulon.

    Fairfax reported the flyer will link up with former Test star Matt Giteau at the end of the year after agreeing to terms.

    Mitchell has been linked with an overseas move for some months.

    It was understood there was a NSW Waratahs/ARU offer but it did not match what was tabled by Toulon.

    Mitchell has played 63 Tests for the Wallabies but has had a mixed domestic season in 2013, at one stage getting dumped from the Waratahs' match-day 22.

    He alluded to a possible departure on Monday, speaking of his time playing for NSW and Australia.

    "First and foremost, playing for Australia means absolutely everything to me," he said.

    "And playing here at the Waratahs ... I have been to a few different clubs ... Of the three I have played (at), I certainly feel most at home here."

    "It's a challenge thing, what I want out of footy and life."

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    Good luck to him. He's so lucky to still be playing with the injuries he's had over the last few years.
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    Agreed, I hope he enjoys himself!

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    His best rugby is behind him. He's had the tap on the shoulder

    Go and knob some French totty and get fat whilst being paid ridiculous amounts of money

    I wish I was Drew

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell has reportedly accepted a two-year deal to play with French Top 14 rugby club Toulon.

    Fairfax reported the flyer will link up with former Test star Matt Giteau at the end of the year after agreeing to terms.

    Mitchell has been linked with an overseas move for some months.

    It was understood there was a NSW Waratahs/ARU offer but it did not match what was tabled by Toulon.

    Mitchell has played 63 Tests for the Wallabies but has had a mixed domestic season in 2013, at one stage getting dumped from the Waratahs' match-day 22.

    He alluded to a possible departure on Monday, speaking of his time playing for NSW and Australia.

    "First and foremost, playing for Australia means absolutely everything to me," he said.

    "And playing here at the Waratahs ... I have been to a few different clubs ... Of the three I have played (at), I certainly feel most at home here."

    "It's a challenge thing, what I want out of footy and life."
    Wonder if this will free up David Smith to come back to Aus. Would the Force be allowed to contract him as well as Alby?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    Wonder if this will free up David Smith to come back to Aus. Would the Force be allowed to contract him as well as Alby?
    I was always under the impession that we couldn't unless we were offered similar exemptions to the Rebels. We're allowed one foreign marquee (capped) player and two foreign development (uncapped) players.

    But looking up David Smith's details, he's not listed as ever playing for the All Blacks, or even Samoa. Maybe he could qualify as our second development player (after Ebersohn), although I don't know if one of Lynn, Eaton, Haywood, Tupou or Tuatara-Morrison are currently taking that spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piet Van Ziel View Post
    Retirment package

    His best rugby is behind him. He's had the tap on the shoulder

    Go and knob some French totty and get fat whilst being paid ridiculous amounts of money

    I wish I was Drew

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    what he said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh View Post
    I was always under the impession that we couldn't unless we were offered similar exemptions to the Rebels. We're allowed one foreign marquee (capped) player and two foreign development (uncapped) players.

    But looking up David Smith's details, he's not listed as ever playing for the All Blacks, or even Samoa. Maybe he could qualify as our second development player (after Ebersohn), although I don't know if one of Lynn, Eaton, Haywood, Tupou or Tuatara-Morrison are currently taking that spot.

    He played 7s for NZ so that counts him out and is the reason he need to be a marquee player

    http://twf.com.au/showthread.php?t=2...david+smith%22

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    So having already been a marquee once, can he come back?
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    Good luck Drew. Getting dropped from the tahs a few weeks ago must have made up his mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    So having already been a marquee once, can he come back?
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    Yes. Once Alby is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muddly View Post
    Yes. Once Alby is gone.
    i think he ment can he re-sign with the force again as he has already been our marquee player.

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    Don't know of any reason why not.

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    Neither do I. But stranger things have happened. This is the ARU we're talking about
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    This is the ARU we're talking about
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