Nicholas Mark Cummins
- 864Wallaby Number
Nick Cummins, a.k.a. the “Honey Badger”, was one of Australian rugby’s true larrikins.
Born in Port Macquarie but educated in Brisbane, Cummins wicked sense of humour and cheeky one-liners made him a veritable cult hero among fans.
He joined the fledgling Western Force Super Rugby franchise in 2008 and two years later emerged from the 2010 Commonwealth Games as a silver medallist with the Australian Men’s 7s team.
His big break, at national level, came in 2012 when he made his Test debut against Argentina in Rosario. In 2014, Cummins parted ways with Australian Rugby on compassionate grounds. He abandoned his blossoming international career to travel to Japan, where he signed with Coca Cola West Red Sparks, after he learned that his father had incurable prostate cancer.
In early 2016 he re-joined the Australian Sevens program with the goal of making the Olympic Games team for Rio de Janiero however that ambition was cruelled by injury.
In his post-playing career the 15 Test winger is a much sought after guest speaker personality.
Represented Australia in the IRB Sevens World Series
Selected in the Men’s Sevens team which won a silver medal at the XIX Commonwealth Games in India.
Cummins won his first Test cap when selected on the right wing in the 25-19, 2nd Test victory over Argentina at Rosario. He played in the next five Tests, including all four on the end-of-season Spring Tour.
Cummins missed selection for the British & Irish Lions series but found himself in the squad for both the Rugby Championship and the end-of-season Spring Tour where we won a further six Test caps.
Cummins won caps in each of the three June series Tests against France before he was granted a release by the ARU on compassionate grounds.
Represented Australia in the IRB Sevens World Series.