Craig Mitchell Brisbane bar assault: Wales rugby prop remanded
A Wales rugby international has been remanded in custody for assaulting a man after going to Australia to watch the British and Irish Lions.
Craig Mitchell, 27, hit Cian Barry in a bar in Brisbane on Sunday after travelling to watch the Test series as a rugby fan.
At Brisbane Magistrates’ Court, the Exeter Chiefs prop – and former Ospreys and Neath player – admitted aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm.
He is due in court again on Friday.
Magistrate Anne Thacker revoked bail because Mitchell said he was not certain how he could raise the money to pay compensation at short notice.
Mitchell has played 15 times for Wales, including against Japan on 15 June. He had missed Wales’ first Test against Japan in Osaka due to an ankle injury.
He joined the Chiefs in 2011 on an initial two-year contract from the Ospreys.
Mitchell made his debut for the Ospreys as a teenager having represented Wales at junior levels. His first senior international game was against Canada on the summer tour of North America in May 2009.
He was again involved for Wales the following autumn, coming off the bench against Samoa. But with Adam Jones ahead of him in the Ospreys and Wales pecking order he made only one international appearance in 2010.
But prior to the 2011 Six Nations, Jones and fellow Lions prop Gethin Jenkins were injured and Mitchell took the starting No 3 jersey for matches against England and Scotland – helping them to lift the Six Nations trophy.
Mitchell’s agent Derwyn Jones declined to comment.