Drew Mitchell ruled out for 8 weeks

by AFP

Australian international winger Drew Mitchell will be out for at least eight weeks after the Toulon star injured his thigh in last week's clash with Bordeaux, coach Mike Ford said Saturday.

The 32-year-old went off midway through the 37-10 Top 14 win, having already had to limit himself to three appearances this term after returning
from international duty with groin trouble.

To cover his absence, Toulon this week signed versatile South African Cornal Hendricks on a deal through to the end of the season.

Mitchell joins Toulon compatriot Matt Giteau on the sidelines as the latter overcomes an ankle injury.

This comes on top of the news that troubled Australian/Fijian rugby league star Semi Radradra was forced to surrender his passport over domestic violence charges, as a touted move to Toulon is thrown into further doubt.

The Parramatta Eels winger failed to appear for a Sydney court hearing into the allegations involving his ex-partner Perina Ting on Monday with a magistrate giving him until Wednesday to turn up or face an arrest warrant.
Toulon has announced the acquisition of Parramatta winger Semi Radradra. Photo:Getty ImagesRadradra, who denies the allegations, flew back from Fiji, where he was visiting his ill father, and briefly appeared in court.

Magistrate Tim Keady told him to hand over his passport in order for his bail to continue until his next appearance in February.

The legal drama played out just days after cashed-up Toulon claimed to have signed Radradra for the 2017-18 Top 14 season on a one-year deal with a one-year extension clause.