Nick Cummins

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Nick Cummins
Full name Nick M. Cummins
Date of birth (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb)[1]
School St Francis' College Crestmead
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing, Centre
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007
2014-
Perth Spirit
Coca Cola West Red Sparks
7 (10)2t
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–2014 Western Force 74 (80)16t
correct as of 13 July 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2012–2014 Australia 15 (30)6t
correct as of 22 June 2014.

Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins (born 5 October 1987) is an Australian rugby union footballer who plays for the Coca Cola West Red Sparks in the Top League competition and for the Wallabies in international matches. On 4 July 2014 Nick announced that he would leave Western Force and move to Japan at the end of the super rugby season due to family reasons. His usual position is wing.[1][2]

Cummins answers to the nickname 'The Honey Badger', bestowed on him after he drew inspiration from the fierce nature of the honey badger and attempted to think like the animal in defence.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Nick Cummins was born in Port Macquarie, New South Wales.[2] One of eight siblings, he was raised in Logan City south of Brisbane by his father Mark Cummins, who was a single dad.[3][5] He attended St Francis' College in Crestmead,[3] where he starred in the swimming pool and on the athletics track, as well as on the rugby field.[6]

In 2005, Cummins represented Queensland at the Australian Schools Rugby Championships in Canberra.[6] He moved to Sydney in 2006, where he joined the Randwick rugby club and played for their grand final-winning Colts side that year.[1]

Rugby career[edit]

In 2007, Cummins was selected for the Australian Sevens squad and he was the top try scorer for the team at the IRB Sevens World Series.[1] Later that year, he moved to Perth after signing a two year contract with the Western Force.[6]

Cummins played for the Perth Spirit team that reached the semi-final stage of the Australian Rugby Championship in 2007.[1] He made his Super Rugby debut for the Western Force in 2008, starting in the first round against the Sharks in Durban.[1]

In 2009, Cummins was invited to the Wallabies training camp prior to the northern Spring Tour, although injury prevented his involvement on that tour.[2]

In 2010, he was selected for the Australian Barbarians and played in two home matches against England.[2] He was then selected in Australia's 28 man squad that travelled to South Africa as part of the 2010 Tri-Nations series, although he wasn’t required to play.[2] Later that year, Cummins went to the Commonwealth Games Sevens tournament in Delhi, where he played in Australia’s silver medal-winning team.[1][2]

In 2012, Cummins was selected for the Australia squad for the inaugural Rugby Championship. He made his Test debut on 6 October 2012, and played on the wing in the Wallabies 25-19 win over Argentina in Rosario.[1][2]

On 4 July 2014 it was announced that Cummins would be released early from his Western Force and Australian Rugby Union contracts on compassionate ground. He announced he would be moving to Japan due to health concerns in his family. He signed a new contract with Japanese club the West Red Sparks.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Nick Cummins player profile". Rugby WA. 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nick Cummins player profile". ARU. 2013. Archived from the original on 26 January 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Tucker, Jim (6 October 2012). "Nick Cummins hungry to make every charge count against Pumas". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Chadwick, Justin (19 March 2011). "Look out, it's a honey badger". Daily Telegraph. News. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  5. ^ "The Queensland Father of the Year for 2012 is: Mark Cummins". Scripture Union Queensland. 2012. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c RugbyWA Media (13 July 2007). "Nick Cummins signs with the Western Force" (Press release). Rugby WA. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Robinson, Geogina (4 July 2014). "Nick Cummins quits Australian rugby for Japan". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Priest, Evin (4 July 2014). "Nick Cummins puts family first to take Japanese rugby offer". Yahoo7 Sport. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

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