The Wallaby coach says his twin-playmaker combination was a success against the Springboks and there is more to come as they prepare to face the Pumas in Perth.
Call it a one-game winning streak. The Wallabies are finally on the board for 2016 after grinding out a 23-17 victory over South Africa in front of a disappointing crowd at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
Safety issues, longer seasons, more links with clubs and changes to traditional competitions are all on the table as leading schools and the ARU discuss the future of the game.
The Stade de France halfback is as feisty as ever, laughing off suggestions that returning players are adding little to the Wallaby cause.
With the Wallabies feeling the heat ahead of their must-win clash against the Springboks, Mitchell says it's up to the veterans to show the new faces how to deal with pressure and criticism.
The Wallabies coach could be forced to play one of his stars from the bench as pressure builds on the Hooper-Pocock pairing ahead of Saturday's Test against the Springboks in Brisbane.
The Australians have assembled in Brisbane ahead of their must-win Test against South Africa, while Bernard Foley said he was eager to have another crack at No.12 should he run out next to Quade Cooper at Suncorp Stadium.
Rugby remains the only mainstream Australian sport that relies on schools rather than clubs to produce the mainstay of its elite talent. That system has to change of the Wallabies are to be consistently competitive.
An Olympic gold for their Sevens team has made a Fijian side the prime target for Global Tens organisers, who are predicting a rapid expansion for the event after it makes its debut in Brisbane next year.
The Wallaby fullback says he has been struggling to freshen up mentally as the losing streak continues, while All Black Israel Dagg demolishes suggestions the trans-Tasman rivalry is on its last legs.