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Tahs Mitchell dropped for not pulling his weight


Waratahs winger Drew Mitchell

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Article Published: Thursday 14 March 2013


Waratahs winger Drew Mitchell has revealed that he was dropped by Michael Cheika as the coach believes that the Wallabies winger is not pulling his weight.

Mitchell added that Cheika feels that Mitchell who is one of the squad's senior members is not supporting the new Waratahs style of play.

Sixty-cap Wallaby winger Mitchell says that he was effectively suspended and would not be playing club rugby trials this weekend like some of the other squad members who were not playing Super Rugby.

"It's probably two-fold, I'm under no illusions, I'm not playing to best of my ability and to my potential," Mitchell told FoxSports' Rugby HQ.

"That's not only something I picked up but the coaching staff and probably amongst my peers as well."

"Also I guess being a leader in experience sense, what I need to bring to the group is not just on the field, but off the field as well, and obviously there is a feeling I'm falling short in that regard as well.

"I've had a couple of decisions with Cheik since he told me about the decision, about where I could help around in terms of helping build this belief we spoke about, in changing the mindset about this new game we're trying to bring, and really getting behind each other and assist with that."

When asked whether or not he agreed with Cheika's assessment, Mitchell said, "That's not my judgment, he is the one making the call for the team.

"He's made me aware of it this week, it's now something I can address.

"If it's an ongoing thing, I've spoken about this Cheik and asked that if anything else comes up in the future we speak about it prior to the event rather than after it."

As Mitchell was not asked to play club rugby this weekend it was suggested that his absence from the Waratahs squad that will play the Cheetahs this weekend is more like a like a suspension.

"I guess that certainly how it could be looked (at) from the outside in," Mitchell admitted.

"Cheik's now made it pretty clear to me what I need to do to work my way back into the side, and it's not through performances for Randwick or Balmain on the weekends.

"It's through what I can bring around the club day in, day out, and really rallying around the boys."

Mitchell reiterated that he supported the new expansive style that Cheika was bringing in.

"Absolutely, what we want to bring is an attacking style, as a winger that's exactly what you want to hear, that's what you want to be involved in," he said.

"I am absolutely a believer in that."

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