Wallabies star signs a two-year deal with French Top 14 heavyweights Toulon.
Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell has made the shock decision to walk away from the Australian Rugby Union after indicating he will sign with French rugby powerhouse Toulon.
The decision could mean the end of his Test career as Australian players must be contracted by a national side in order to be considered for the Wallabies.
At 29 years of age, Mitchell is still capable of playing at the top level for the Australian national side, but is said to be keen on trying his hand in Europe.
Despite earning 63 caps for the Wallabies since 2005, Mitchell has been dogged by niggling injuries that have cut short that number.
An ankle injury nearly ruled the speedster out of the 2011 World Cup before a fast recovery saw him take part in the tournament, only to see it ended when a hamstring strain ruled him out of the semi-final.
In 2012, Mitchell only played for NSW five times again due to an anke injury which required surgery pre-season.
The two-year deal with the French club will put Mitchell alongside some fo the best players of their generation, with new teammates to include Matt Giteau, Jonny Wilkinson, Bryan Habana, Bakkies Botha, Rocky Elsom, Andrew Sheridan, and locals Freddy Michalak and Matthieu Bastareaud.