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Dean Mumm recognises Uruguay game as key to Australia's qualification hopes

Published 26/09/2015

Dean Mumm wil captain Australia for the first time on Sunday
Dean Mumm wil captain Australia for the first time on Sunday

Captain Dean Mumm recognises the need for a bonus-point victory when Australia play Pool A minnows Uruguay at Villa Park on Sunday.

A four-try bonus-point victory is potentially key for the Wallabies, who missed out on the additional point in their opening 28-13 win over Fiji, if they are to progress ahead of England and Wales.

The Wallabies next play England on October 3 and Wales a week later in matches which will determine if they advance to the quarter-finals.

"It's a big game for us, because it's our second World Cup game and a great opportunity for us as a side to maintain or increase momentum we brought from the Fiji game and that's the key to what we want," Mumm said.

"We see it as a great opportunity to come up against a very good and extremely stiff opposition, a team that is immeasurably passionate about playing for their country.

"For us to go well we have to go about it with all the passion we have and with all the intensity of playing a World Cup game."

At Villa Park, Mumm will become the first New Zealand-born player to captain the Wallabies in a Test match in the professional era.

The former Exeter Chiefs lock, whose grandfather Bill Mumm played for the All Blacks, said: "It's a tremendous honour to be captain of any side but to captain your nation at a World Cup is a particularly special one and one that I never anticipated that I would ever get the opportunity to do.

"When I came overseas I became unavailable to be selected for the Wallabies and I never thought I would play for the Wallabies again, let alone have the opportunity to play a couple of Tests or a World Cup.

"Then to have the honour to captain the team is something I never truly imagined."

Uruguay are playing in their third World Cup and have two wins and six defeats, following their opening 54-9 loss to Wales in Cardiff.

Felipe Berchesi kicked the South Americans into an early lead against Wales and knows a similarly difficult challenge awaits in Birmingham.

"The journey of a dream continues," Berchesi said.

"All my life I dreamed of playing this team. It's a unique opportunity.

"For us it is a great showcase to test us as players at the highest level.

"It was a very long road to Rugby World Cup 2015, we had to play many matches to grab that last space, against USA, Spain, Hong Kong, Russia, and we fought to be here.

"We did a good job against Wales but we can't stay at that level, we have to advance, and we need to be up to it."

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