One of the most prolific try scorers in Super Rugby history, Drew Mitchell completed his Super Rugby century when he took to the field in the HSBC Waratahs final match of the 2012 season. Still only 28, the winger has achieved this milestone and added a further three Test caps during Australia's 2012 Spring Tour, in the face of a constant battle over ankle and leg injuries that have, at times, threatened the future of his playing career.
As a youngster, it was that talent that saw Mitchells rapid rise through the rugby ranks. A pupil at renowned sporting school St Patrick's College, Shorncliffe, he played a season of junior rugby for the Pine Rivers club. He now plays for the Balmain club.
Winner of Australian Rugbys Rookie of the Year award, he captained the Queensland Academy of Sports Under-19s team and led the Australian Schoolboys squad that toured the UK in 2001 and the Australian Under-21 side that competed in the 2004 IRB Junior World Championship.
After making his Super Rugby for the Queensland Reds in 2004, he was fast tracked into the Wallabies a year later, scoring a try on his Test debut against South Africa. He has appeared for three of the five Australian provinces in Super Rugby, following his Queensland stint with three seasons in Perth at the Western Force, before moving to NSW in 2010, scoring nine tries in his debut season.
One of Australias highest profile players, Mitchell has become a regular on TV, often joining Fox Sports rugby commentary team for Super Rugby matches and guesting on the Rugby Clubs weekly panel. Following the arrival of his Wallabies team mate Adam Ashley-Cooper in Sydney at the start of the 2012 season, the two became housemates as well and team mates.
Brought up in an Army family, Mitchell's father and grandfather served in the Armed Forces and he is the only one of three brothers not to follow in their footsteps.