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Exeter Chiefs forward Mumm eager to face Gloucester challenge at Kingsholm

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

Exeter Chiefs' Australia international Dean Mumm won at Kingsholm long before his arrival at the Devon club  picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

Exeter Chiefs' Australia international Dean Mumm won at Kingsholm long before his arrival at the Devon club picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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Australian forward Dean Mumm is experiencing a lot of firsts with his Exeter Chiefs team-mates this season – but going to Kingsholm is not one of them.

The former Waratahs man has played in front of The Shed before, and he knows how to beat Gloucester on their own turf. Mumm was part of an Australian international touring side who beat the Chiefs' opponents today, 36-5, back in 2009.

A similar outcome would certainly suit Chiefs, who won their own last Aviva Premiership match in Gloucester 28-27 last season. However, Mumm said: "Playing at Kingsholm in front of The Shed, coming up to Christmas is going to be another challenge for us.

"I played a midweek game there on a tour, so I've experienced a little bit of the abuse that comes out of there. It's good, it's one of the great things about playing over here."

Mumm is equally aware of the threat on the pitch, with head coach Rob Baxter's pre-match briefings filling the previous gaps in his knowledge.

"I would have said I didn't know a lot about them a few months ago," said Mumm.

"Obviously, they are doing pretty well this season. They have very good attacking ability with Freddie Burns and a very speedy back three.

"They have a very capable forward pack as well, so they are probably a team that will stretch us all over the park and it will be a real challenge for us."

The Heineken Cup, which Mumm compares favourably to Super Rugby back home, has also been a challenge for Mumm and Chiefs who are both featuring in the competition for the first time.

"I've been lucky enough to play a couple of games in the Premiership and couple in the Heineken Cup as well," he said.

"Heineken Cup is like playing the top couple of sides in the Super Rugby – it's like playing Crusaders when they've got Richie McCaw and Dan Carter. Every team has their best players playing and not subject to rotation. The Heineken Cup is a great competition and you've got people from so many different countries playing, it is excellent."

Mumm, who has won 33 caps for Australia, has now featured in five Premiership games for Chiefs since his summer arrival and he feels settled and happy. He said: "The boys have been great with me and helped me out. I have really enjoyed breaking away from the stuff I knew at home and experiencing a new style over here.

"Normally, we are having a break so it is the first time I have experienced dealing with rugby and Christmas at the same time. Playing Gloucester away, hopefully it will be a big crowd and a big challenge for us rugby-wise."

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