Exeter Chiefs: Rob Baxter pays tribute to departing Dean Mumm

Dean Mumm
Mumm was born in New Zealand but has won 33 caps for Australia

Head coach Rob Baxter has paid tribute to departing Exeter Chiefs captain Dean Mumm, who has played his last game before returning to Australia.

The 31-year-old international lock is re-joining New South Wales Waratahs after three years in England.

He led Exeter out in their final-day 44-16 win over Sale, though they missed out on the Premiership play-offs.

"I'm delighted personally that I've got to know a man of his quality," Baxter told BBC Radio Devon.

"I can't speak highly enough of Dean."

Last year Mumm skippered Exeter to LV= Cup glory, the Devon club's first major trophy.

They have already signed England and British Lions forward Geoff Parling, who looks set to be his replacement.

"I can remember the first time we left him out of the side at Leinster, he had just got into the first team and after I told him, he said to me 'I 100 per cent agree - it would be absolutely ridiculous if Tommy Hayes didn't captain this team in the Heineken Cup game' - that's the kind of guy he is," added Baxter.

"People probably haven't seen those bits and pieces of him and I think those are the qualities as a man that have stood out to me. I hope we stay in touch and I wish him all the best for the future both in rugby and personally."