The lineup announcement came ahead of the permanent appointment of Mr Kimber, a former Westpac corporate affairs executive, as head of Stan Sport.
Mitchell was conspicuously absent from Stan Sports’ Rugby World Cup coverage, despite being in France during the tournament. Mitchell signed up for Nine’s Sports Sunday television show and appeared at Rugby Australia events.
During his time in France, Mitchell was a critic of the campaign of former Australia coach Eddie Jones, who resigned from his position after it was revealed he was considering terminating his five-year contract and taking up a head coaching role in Japan.
In a podcast entitled ‘The Good, The Bad & The Rugby: Australia’, Mitchell criticized the tactics and training loads implemented by Jones and criticized the controversial coach for leaving stars Michael Hooper and Quade Cooper out of his first squad. In a post on X – formerly known as Twitter – Mitchell later apologized for his language in the podcast.
“Maybe I should have gotten some more sleep,” Mitchell wrote. “Sorry for my swearing. A little emotional. I just want to see that the boys are okay. However, I still believe in our men against Wales this weekend.”
Australia lost to Wales by a landslide – the Wallabies’ worst Rugby World Cup performance. The result threw Australian rugby into turmoil and raised doubts about cost management and leadership. An independent review of the entire Rugby World Cup campaign is ongoing.
Mitchell will continue to appear as a commentator on the Nine Network for the 2024 Paris Olympics. The actions taken against Stan are related to another contract.