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|Full name||Nick M. Cummins|
|Nickname||The Honey Badger|
|Date of birth||5 October 1987|
|Place of birth||Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (15 st 8 lb)|
|School||St Francis' College Crestmead|
|Rugby union career|
|Men's rugby sevens|
|2010 Delhi||Team competition|
Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins (born 5 October 1987) is an Australian rugby union footballer who plays for Western Force in Super Rugby 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. However, after a season in Japan he returned to Western Force for the 2014/15 season. His usual position is wing.
Nick Cummins was born in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. One of eight siblings, he was raised in Logan City south of Brisbane by his father Mark Cummins, who was a single dad. He attended St Francis' College in Crestmead, where he starred in the swimming pool and on the athletics track, as well as on the rugby field.
In 2005, Cummins represented Queensland at the Australian Schools Rugby Championships in Canberra. He moved to Sydney in 2006, where he joined the Randwick rugby club and played for their grand final-winning Colts side that year. He then went on and joined Souther Districts rugby club.
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. Later that year, he moved to Perth after signing a two-year contract with the Western Force.
Cummins played for the Perth Spirit team that reached the semi-final stage of the Australian Rugby Championship in 2007. He made his Super Rugby debut for the Western Force in 2008, starting in the first round against the Sharks in Durban.
In 2010, he was selected for the Australian Barbarians and played in two home matches against England. 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. Later that year, Cummins went to the Commonwealth Games Sevens tournament in Delhi, where he played in Australia’s silver medal-winning team.
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.
On 4 July 2014 it was announced that Cummins would be released early from his Western Force and Australian Rugby Union contracts on compassionate grounds. He announced he would be moving to Japan due to health concerns in his family. He signed a new contract with Japanese club the Coca-Cola Red Sparks.
In 2016, Cummins won his first adult Championship when he came on as a non scoring substitute in the final of the amateur Norwegian Championships for the Stavanger rugby club in their win against Oslo rugbyklubb.
Super Rugby Statistics
- As of 14 June 2015
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