Wallabies veteran Drew Mitchell took to Twitter on Monday night, officially announcing his retirement from the game.
13 years after making his Super Rugby debut with the Queensland Reds, the Toulouse winger will retire at the end of the French Top 14 season.
So it's my turn to call time on my rugby career!
I've been very lucky to have had the experiences I've had in our great game.
— Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) April 17, 2017
Standing as Australia's most prolific World Cup try scorer after reaching 14 during the England tournament in 2015, Mitchell will pull down the curtain on a career that included representing Queensland, the Western Force and NSW Waratahs before joining French club Toulon in 2013.
Mitchell finishes as Australia's fourth most-prolific try-scorer with 34 tries from his 71 Tests and couldn't be happier with his time in the game.
“I’ve loved every opportunity I’ve had in the game, but I think when your time comes, your time comes,” Mitchell told foxsports.com.au
Former teammates and opponents paid tribute to the Wallaby veteran on Twitter after the announcement was made.
No way Allan ? Been absolute privilege ucee.. we ride till end of season Allan ✊🏿👊🏿✊🏿..
— Ma'a Nonu (@maavelous) April 18, 2017
Been a real privilege babe.. 👏🏼👏🏼
Very sad day though
— Matt Giteau (@giteau_rugby) April 17, 2017
Congratulations on a huge career bro, the game will miss you 😘
— Adam Ashley-Cooper (@AdamCoopy) April 17, 2017
Congratulations on an amazing career! The game will miss you mate...All the best with your new adventure ✌🏽
— JP Pietersen (@jppietersen14) April 17, 2017
Hat tip to an awesome career, @drew_mitchell. Enjoy the next phase & sorry about the time I threatened to "fu*%!ng kill you" on the field 😇
— Clyde Rathbone (@ClydeRathbone) April 18, 2017
— Bryan Habana (@BryanHabana) April 17, 2017