Australia blindside flanker Dean Mumm has put his weight behind Exeter boss Rob Baxter becoming the next England head coach after Eddie Jones.
Mumm, who has been playing in the back-row for the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship, was a Chiefs lock during his spell at Sandy Park.
And he saw enough from head coach Baxter to know he’s more than capable of leading an international side, lavishing praise on his ex-boss.
“I would definitely endorse Rob for the England role,” said Mumm.
“It’s fair to say he’s doing a reasonable job at the moment. The way Exeter have risen in the last few years is a great showcase for what he can do.”
He added: “I think the extra four years now can give him tremendous experience in the Premiership level.
“Obviously results will matter over the course of that time. Now you’re at that top and forcing that different type of pressure, that will really show whether you’ve got that readiness.
“But I would wholeheartedly endorse him for it.”