Hallelujah: Kurtley Beale and Dean Mumm celebrate at full-time after beating the All Blacks in Sydney. Photo: Cameron SpencerDean Mumm could be excused for pinching himself when he wakes up these days.
Even he admits that at the year’s start he had never had imagined a return to the Wallabies, let alone to a side that since Saturday night had beaten the world No.1 All Blacks for the first time in four years and is now one game away from winning back the Bledisloe Cup, which New Zealand has held since 2003.
But that is exactly where Mumm is today, since returning in June from England where he played for Exeter for three years to re-sign with the Waratahs and qualify for selection back in to the Wallabies.
Asked on Monday if he had ever imagined being in such a Wallabies side, Mumm, 31 and who played 33 Tests for Australia before heading to England, said smiling: “No … is the answer. And if you asked me at the start of the year if I would have been involved in the Wallabies I would have probably said no as well.
“It has all happened quite quickly. I’m obviously very pleased to be here and to be involved in the [Wallabies] squad … I’m certainly not taking anything for granted. When you go away and lose touch with the Wallabies jersey you get a greater appreciation for what it means.
“You never want to take it for granted – your spot in a squad or your position in a Wallabies side.”
Mumm did not do that on Saturday in the Wallabies’ 29-17 win over the All Blacks where he partnered James Horwill in the second row in a Wallabies scrum that measured up to – if not bettered – the All Blacks.
Mumm, who can also play in the back row, realises that World Cup selection is still an open ended issue. He knows too that he faces strong competition for the second row with him, Horwill, Rob Simmons who was ruled out of the Bledisloe series due to a late injury, Kane Douglas and Sam Carter all in contention.
On Monday, Mumm was not yet focused on Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider, but as he remarked that was due to soreness from Saturday.
“I haven’t given it much thought,” he said. “We played Saturday night, had [Sunday] off. I am pretty sore from that. I’m dealing with the soreness of last weekend.”
But Mumm said that he felt after a day spent in review of Saturday’s Test, that the cup would be firmly on his mind.
“As we go forward we will realise there is a significant opportunity to do something that we as Australia fans haven’t done for a while,” he said. “But I don’t think it needs to be more than another massive game against the All Blacks.”
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