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Big game for us, says Oz skipper.

AUSTRALIA v URUGUAY Today, 12pm, Villa Park CAPTAIN Dean Mumm recognises the need for a bonus-point victory when Australia play Pool A minnows Uruguay at Villa Park.

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. It is a great showcase to test us at the highest level."

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 27, 2015
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