Wallabies and NSW Waratahs lock Dean Mumm doesn’t subscribe to the pessimism enveloping Australian rugby, declaring it is in reasonable nick.
The lack of success at both Test and Super Rugby levels this season has generated plenty of recent debate about the state of the 15-man code in Australia.
The Wallabies suffered a 3-0 home whitewash by an England side coached by Australian Eddie Jones and only one of the five local Super Rugby teams will make the playoffs.
Increasing angst about the Wallabies’ prosects in the upcoming Rugby Championship is the dire statistic of just three Australian Super Rugby wins in 24 matches against New Zealand opposition.
Lock Mumm, who came off the bench in two of the three Tests against England, doesn’t share the mainly gloomy views currently doing the rounds.
“You can throw some stats at it, I actually think we’re in reasonable nick,” Mumm said.
“I think there’s a lot of belief in what we can do as a nation, particularly at Wallaby level and here at the Waratahs we believe what we can do as well.
“We (the Waratahs) have just got to create the opportunity and have a little bit of luck to get there this weekend, so from my point of view I think we are in great shape.
“Kiwi teams are doing well, scoring plenty of points and the England series was tight.
“We lost three games but when it came down to the nature of many of the games, we were in a position to win a lot of those games with 20 to go.
“That’s not a sign of a poor team or a poor nation of rugby players.”