Nicholas Mark Cummins (born 5 October 1987) is a former Australian professional rugby union player living in Sydney. He played for the Western Force in Super Rugby and for Coca-Cola Red Sparks in the Japanese Top League. Cummins has represented Australia in international matches for both the Australian Sevens team and the Australian rugby team. His usual position was wing.
|Birth name||Nicholas Mark Cummins|
|Date of birth||5 October 1987|
|Place of birth||Port Macquarie, New South Wales|
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||99 kg (15 st 8 lb; 218 lb)|
|School||St Francis College, Crestmead|
|Rugby union career|
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. He is also well known for starring in the sixth season of The Bachelor Australia.
Cummins was born in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. One of eight siblings, he identifies as a Queenslander as he was raised in Logan City in Brisbane’s south 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.
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 Championship outside of junior rugby when he came on as a non-scoring substitute in the final of the amateur Norwegian Rugby Union Championship for Stavanger RK in their win against Oslo RK.
Television and advertising rolesEdit
Because of Cummins' broad Australian accent and very Australian attitude, he has featured in several ad campaigns as an "Aussie Larrikin" character. Cummins was the face of Tradie underwear and workwear for men in August 2015. As well as featuring in small TV campaigns for Head & Shoulders in 2014 and beer company Iron Jack over Christmas in late 2017.
In October 2017, he was an ambassador for Tourism Australia, in a campaign which also featured Australian actor Lincoln Lewis. Cummins playfully took aim at Tourism Australia ambassador, Chris Hemsworth, defending claims he was not as big a name as the Hollywood-based Australian actor.
Nick is also the presenter of the National Geographic program Meanwhile In Australia. A documentary series in which he travels around Australia gathering stories of people and places along the road.
- Tales of the Honey Badger. ABC Books. 1 December 2015. ISBN 978-0-73333-472-6.
- Cummins, Nick; Cummins, Mark (2016). Adventures of the Honey Badger. ABC Books (published 21 November 2016). ISBN 978-0-73333-786-4.
- Cummins, Nick; Cummins, Mark (2018). The Honey Badger guide to life. Pan Macmillan Australia (published 9 October 2018). ISBN 978-1-76055-807-9.
Super Rugby statisticsEdit
- As of 14 July 2016
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- Chadwick, Justin (19 March 2011). "Look out, it's a honey badger". Daily Telegraph. News. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
- "The Queensland Father of the Year for 2012 is: Mark Cummins". Scripture Union Queensland. 2012. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
- 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.
- Robinson, Geogina (4 July 2014). "Nick Cummins quits Australian rugby for Japan". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
- Priest, Evin (4 July 2014). "Nick Cummins puts family first to take Japanese rugby offer". Yahoo7 Sport. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
- "Men of League in Norway?". menofleague.com. 31 May 2017. Archived from the original on 16 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
- "Wallaby Nick Cummins explains how he became the honey badger". News.com.au. 7 August 2015.
- "We Asked This Sassy Ski Champ To Translate Her Cheeky Undies Ad Monologue". Huffington Post. 2 April 2015.
- "'Duck's nuts' Wallabies star ad complaint dismissed". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 October 2015.
- "Nick Cummins, aka Honey Badger, stars in new TV commercial for Head & Shoulders". News.com.au. 26 September 2014.
- "Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins aims to lure tourists to Oz". Manly Daily. 5 October 2017.
- "Queensland actor Lincoln Lewis joins new Tourism Australia campaign with The Honey Badger". The Courier Mail. 6 October 2017.(Subscription required.)
- "Rugby union star Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins' defends his new Tourism Australia role". Daily Telegraph. 6 October 2017. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018.
- "Three New Australian talents are being used to lure international tourists down under". AdelaideNow. 5 October 2017.(Subscription required.)
- Burke, Tina (14 March 2018). "Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins confirmed to be Australia's next bachelor". InStyle. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
- "Player Statistics". It's Rugby.