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Thursday, October 04, 2012

Honey Badger Nick Cummins smashes Nick Reily in the Shute Shield

Western Force wing Nick Cummins is set for a great birthday as he's been called up to the Wallaby squad for their match against Argentina this weekend. A month back he made this cracking hit in a Shute Shield match while playing for Southern Districts.

The Wallabies' injury troubles and loss last weekend has worked out well for the wing, as he has been handed the opportunity to make the step up for Saturday's Test against Argentina.

Cummins, who has been selected the day before his 25th birthday, has been part of the training squad but now joins a 22 that includes five changes from the team that played the Springboks.

He was expected to be a replacement for Digby Ioane if he failed a fitness test (knee injury), but Robbie Deans has instead rewarded Cummins with a start in the place of Dom Shipperly.

"Nick has waited patiently for his chance, but has earned the right to represent his country. We know that the Pumas will be coming straight at us, and will be looking to profit in the collision in the same way that the Springboks did last week," Deans said.

"We have gone for the players we feel are best suited to that approach."

Big Cummins has been putting in good performances in Sydney's Shute Shield, and against Eastwood last month he showed that he has precisely the physicality Deans is referring to, as he got the better of winger Nick Reily on a couple of occasions.

The Souths' back, playing centre at the time, also scored a late try to seal the win for his side.

You may have seen a quick look at this great hit during Plays of the Week at some stage, but here is a longer look at the Honey badger, including his big collision with Reily early in the game.

Mike Harris, Nick Cummins, Ben Tapuai, Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane, Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps; Radike Samo, Michael Hooper, Sitaleki Timani, Nathan Sharpe (c), Kane Douglas, Ben Alexander, Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper.
Replacements: Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Dave Dennis, Scott Higginbotham, Liam Gill, Brett Sheehan, Dom Shipperley.

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla, Juan Martin Hernandez, Martin Landajo, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (c), Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Julio Farias Cabello, Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza, Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Rodrigo Roncero. Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Leonardi, Nicolas Vergallo, Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Imhoff.

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:58 pm | View Comments (8)

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stroudos October 04, 2012 6:46 pm

Er... Surely the first one is a good tackle by the other guy? Cummins tried to bump him but failed is how I see it.

Second hit is a belter though.

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Jon October 05, 2012 12:39 am

He's not the most gifted or skillful player in the world, or even the biggest, but he's got more heart than most players and no sense of self-preservation.
He just throws himself into tackles and hit-ups. Glad to see him get an opportunity.

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Will.F October 05, 2012 2:06 am

Agreed. He works hard for Western Force, so it's good to see him get some attention. Credit where it's due and best of luck to him!

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jon October 05, 2012 5:10 am

Haha, check out this quote of his from an article on foxsports in australia :

ummins is fascinated by the small African mammal to the point he models his game on the honey badger's attributes and is forever learning more about the fearless furball.

He's nicknamed 'Badger' and loves its aggression - playing with the same attitude and energy on the wing for the Western Force.

"The main reason it inspired me was that it's documented that a honey badger killed a male lion in a one-on-one battle," Cummins says.

"What happened was that he clawed the canastas off the big fella, he just went one-two on the ball-bag, and the big fella has walked around the corner and fell over.

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"That, to me, is outstanding."

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Graham October 05, 2012 8:55 am

This is way too funny not to post; honey badger documentary. Think of this every time he gets the ball tomorrow.

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stroudos October 05, 2012 12:02 pm

Nice one, that is fucking hilarious!
Very helpful too actually, I had no idea what a honey-badger was...

Reminds me of Damn Nature, You Scary! off Family Guy.

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Mark October 05, 2012 9:32 am

Great hit, although I'd say he was off his feet so he should've rolled away rather than sit there.

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