Horne welcomes Mitchell return

Date published: May 5 2015

Waratahs wing Rob Horne has welcomed the challenge Toulon star Drew Mitchell will pose for an international place heading into the World Cup.

Mitchell, who helped his club side claim a third straight European title on Saturday, was in impressive form alongside Matt Giteau at Twickenham.

And with the veteran pair now eligible to play for Australia once again, Horne believes that can only be a positive for the Wallabies in the near future.

"Competition is good for all spots, especially in a World Cup year. It brings out the best in everyone," the consistent Horne told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It was awesome to see Drew play so well and to get up again, especially that Australian contingent, it was awesome to see. 

"It was unfortunate for John Ulugia, who plays for [beaten finalist] Clermont, but it's great to see Australians over there playing well and representing us."

Meanwhile, Australia head coach Michael Cheika was also impressed by the performance of wing Mitchell, who can also cover the full-back position.

"He did pretty well, didn't he," he told Fairfax Media

"Of course, I said at the time, the point is creating more depth. We have three more players now that you've got to be looking at."