Mitchell hoping to start against England

Date published: September 28 2015

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Drew Mitchell is hoping his brace of tries against Uruguay on Sunday will earn him a place in Australia’s starting XV against England on Saturday.

The Toulon flyer's finishing skills were on show against the minnows on Sunday, as he crossed the whitewash twice during the 65-3 drubbing.

However, Mitchell knows that his finishing alone will not guarantee him a place in coach Michael Cheika's  Wallaby team when they face England in a crucial Pool A clash at Twickenham.

"There's a lot of things that Cheika and the selectors and the coaches will look at about things off the ball," the 31-year-old told BT Sport.

"I'll go back and sit down with them and have a look at my game. Hopefully, at least, my name is thrown into the ring for selection.

"We've been really insular in terms of our focus. I thought the boys played really well on Wednesday against Fiji.

"They set a platform and we want to make sure we at least maintain it and take it further."

When Mitchell scored his second against Uruguay, he overtook legends David Campese and Chris Latham as the top try scorer for Australia in Rugby World Cups.

The double brought his tally to 12 tries, just three behind Jonah Lomu of New Zealand. 

"That's probably going to be something that I look back on," added the utility back.

"There are far more important things that we're trying to achieve as a group, and hopefully there's a bigger outcome. In terms of pressing claims, it's more about me crossing the line and finishing."

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