Mumm ‘ready to roll’ for Waratahs

Date published: May 21 2015

Dean Mumm is hungry to get straight into action with the Waratahs upon his return to Australia this week.

Mumm bowed out from English rugby after being named captain of Premiership Dream XV following another outstanding campaign with Exeter Chiefs.

Speaking to Planet Rugby on Wednesday at the Premiership Rugby Awards in London before his flight to Sydney, Mumm reflected fondly on his time with Exeter which has included the club winning their first major piece of silverware in the form of the LV=Cup last season.

After three years with the Chiefs, the 31-year-old Wallaby is on his way back to Australia to try and find a way into Michael Cheika's thoughts ahead of this year's Rugby World Cup.

"What happens from when I get back isn't really up to me, but I'll be there, I'm available and I'm ready to go," said Mumm.

"I've been in contact with Michael Cheika. Obviously there's a lot going on there and they have a very big game against the Crusaders this week and then the tour coming up to South Africa.

"I may or may not be to be involved with that tour, I'll hopefully know in the next couple of days.

"I'm signed up with the Waratahs for now and for 2016.

"You don't get a lot of room flying economy back to Australia but I've got two pairs of boots packed along with my headgear and my mouthguard and I'm ready to roll!"

Mumm is more than aware that his return to Australia in no way guarantees he will add to his 33 caps, but his performances in Europe over the last few years have been exceptional.

For now, Mumm views the chance to play for the Waratahs and possibly the Wallabies again as an opportunity that was too good to turn down.

"The potential to be available for the World Cup was a great opportunity I couldn't pass up.

"There are no guarantees, but mentally and culturally I feel like I've got something to give."

by Ben Coles