Drew Mitchell loves his new calling
HE ADMITS that he is a rookie when it comes to commentary but former Australian rugby union international Drew Mitchell, is loving every minute of his new career with Fox Sports.
Mitchell played for the Queensland Reds, Western Force, NSW Waratahs and Toulon as well as 71 times for his country, including the 2015 World Cup final defeat to the All Blacks.
An ankle injury in 2011, while playing for the Waratahs was the catalyst for his career in the media and since his career finished in 2017, he has not looked back.
"I had some complications in 2012 which kept me on sidelines for quite a few months," he says.
"I started to do a fair bit of work with Fox and enjoyed my time doing it.
"Obviously at the time I would have preferred to have been out there playing but it was a good way for me to stay connected with the game and look at it from a different perspective.
"From that I have built up a good relationship with the team at Fox and wherever I could thereafter I just got involved."
Mitchell says there were nerves around, especially on live television but said it was no different to representing your country.
"It's a different type of nervous," he says.
"I like it because rugby is what I did every day for 15 years.
"For want of a different term it sort of helps me not to go cold turkey on rugby now that I have retired.
"I still get the game day feel, the excitement and the atmosphere in the stadiums.
"There's also the nervous energy about going live and not knowing the result just like playing in the game. And also the nervous energy about my performance."
Mitchell says he was willing to learn from the likes of (commentator) Greg Clark, (ex-Wallaby) Jeremy Cannon and hoped to get it right for the upcoming three-match Test series with Ireland, when he will part of the expert panel.
"I am under no illusions I have kind of gone back to the start," he says. "I am a rookie at the moment. There's no false perception that I am going to get it right every time.
"I am trying to learn as much as I can from the commentators that I work with."
As for the series with Ireland, he predicts a tough three games but thinks the Wallabies can be successful.
"It will be tough against the grand slam champions," he says. "It would be great to win 3-0 but a series victory is what I am hoping for."
The Wallabies play Ireland on Saturday in Brisbane, June 16 in Melbourne and June 23 in Sydney.
The Wallabies' first game against Ireland airs this Saturday on Fox Sports 501 at 8pm.