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Mumm's the word for Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs captain Dean Mumm has agreed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Sandy Park until 2016.

The Australian second row joined Exeter in 2011 from New South Wales Waratahs and assumed the captaincy from Tom Hayes at the start of the season.

Exeter have risen through the Aviva Premiership ranks since winning promotion in 2010 and head coach Rob Baxter believes securing the services of talismanic figures like Mumm will help their fast-developing youngsters see their long-term future at the club too.

Baxter said: "He's been a fantastic signing for us since he turned up at the club in a lot of ways.

Important

"I've spoken to a lot of people since he's taken over the captaincy and what a good job he's done, but first and foremost you've got to pin your place down as being a front-line player and he's done that.

"While he's been at the club he's grown into one of the real leaders within the side.

"From our perspective it's a really important signing for us. He's been one of the form locks in the Premiership I think and he's a stand-out performer for us every week."

Mumm admitted it was an "easy decision" to extend his Exeter stay for another two years.

"I'm delighted to be staying with the Chiefs," said Mumm. "The deal, to be honest, was pretty easy to sort.

"All Rob needed to know was that I wanted to be here and likewise all I wanted to know was that he wanted me here.

"That was pretty much agreed straight away and then the rest was sorted very quickly."