Mumm’s Waratahs return too late for play offs

Waratahs forward Dean Mumm scored a try against the Reds in the Sydney Super Rugby franchise’s final round match but he will not be permitted to play for the side again this year.

Mumm recently returned to Australia having spent a couple of seasons playing in England for Exeter Chiefs and came off the bench on Saturday against the Reds.

SANZAR rules will however prevent him from participating in the Waratahs Super Rugby title defence in the play offs but he will still be able to contribute to the team.

Back rowed Mumm will train with the Waratahs and he will be permitted to sit with the team in the finals but he won’t be allowed any game time as he has not played the four games required under SANZAR’s since he returned from England.

Mumm toured South Africa with the Waratahs and played against the Lions and Cheetahs but he needs to have played four matches to be eligible for the knock out stage.

Mumm is keen to play for the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup but the player and his coach Michael Cheika admit that missing the finals could compromise his hopes of a Wallabies recall, saying: “Those couple of games in the finals series could have made a difference for him.”

Mumm played 83 Super Rugby matches for the Waratahs between 2004-2012 and has played 33 Tests for the Wallabies and he says that he will support the Sydney side as much as he can in the coming weeks.

“I’m going to try and do as much as I can to prepare the boys as much as possible,” said Mumm.

Mumm admitted that he had torn emotions last year when he watched the Waratahs win their first Super Rugby title by beating the Crusaders.

“I would have loved to have been a part of it, but once you are a Waratah you want to see them succeed whether you are in (the side) or not,” Mumm told Rugby Heaven.

“It was probably no different for me than anyone else who has played in a blue jersey. I was just absolutely stoked when they won the title.”

“I didn’t celebrate perhaps as they would have, as hard as they would have, but I certainly enjoyed and certainly celebrated it because it was an historic occasion.”

Mumm believes that this year the Waratahs will have to lift in their set piece if they are to reach the Super Rugby Grand Final.

“The first 25 to 30 minutes (against the Reds) …. we didn’t have the continuity of play because set piece wasn’t giving the ball we could attack with,” Mumm said.

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