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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Honey Badger - A Devotional Song to Nick Cummins

He's even got his own song now. Yes, just when you thought you hadn't heard about Force winger Nick Cummins for a while (about a week?), a musician has released this gem of a track as an ode to the cult hero. It features some of the Honey Badger's best bits, including a one-armed brick layer, a bag of meat and a rat up a drainpipe.

Written and produced by Denis Carnahan, this parody of the classic tune Hallelujah has spread far and wide since being uploaded yesterday. It's not just Australians who love it either - fans from across the globe have embraced the Badgerisms we've been treated to of late.

In the words of Carnhan himself, he describes this piece as: "A song dedicated to Rugby's master of the simile, the Poet of Perth, the most Australian man in the world, Nick "The Honey Badger" Cummins. If you haven't heard of him, you should have. Google him. He's awesome."

If you're a fan, you'll love this. And if you were wondering about the Waratahs ball at the end, it's a nod to the hat-trick the Badge scored against the Sydney powerhouses recently.

You can follow Denis on Twitter at @DenisCarnahan, and watch more of Cummins' pearls of widsom and great play in the Related Posts below. He'll be going off like a bag of cats if you do.

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Izak April 24, 2014 7:38 pm

"Honey Badgers are not just fearless, but astonishingly clever"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c36UNSoJenI

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nzbougnat April 24, 2014 7:57 pm

Blimmey, that's one stubborn mammal! Probably smarter than a fair share of players too!

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Ujwol April 24, 2014 7:42 pm

What's the story with the pic? That's from my hometown in Nepal.

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10stonenumber10 April 24, 2014 7:42 pm

Well, if 'the badge' ever needs a career after rugby, i'm sure every broadcaster worth their salt would have a place on the panel for him. All these gems and he didn't swear once, that must be a record for a sportsman... Such a picture painted without a single sesquipedalian uttering.

Hitting the polar opposite, I would never, EVER want to get stuck in a lift with Owen Farrell. If you removed the phrases
"Boys done good"
"one game at a time"
"keep focussed on the goal"
"lot of positives to draw from the performance"
"played for each other"
"looking forward to next week",
or anything else his Dad says in the locker room... A bloody robot, he would have nothing to say at all. Devoid of personality, character, or thought beyond protocol... a lifetime in the professional environment ruined that poor kid's chances of ever being normal. Good thing he is alright at rugby eh?

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krip April 24, 2014 8:20 pm

Farrell good at rugby? Maybe... but he is so arrogant and full of complex... pretty sad if you ask me. His psychological problems and the robotishness will eventually blow up and shite will hit the fan (hope not on RWC2015). England do have better 10s.

Cummins on the contrary is an apotheosis of what a rugby player should be. Great skill and spirit, respectful character, gentlemen bot on and off the field. All that backed up with such and intelligent and genuine sense of humor. The Honey Badger is true inspiration.

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10stonenumber10 April 24, 2014 9:31 pm

Farrell. Proof that even if you are devoid of talent, hard work can have you making up the numbers in no time!

He will never have to pay for a pint in the pub as long as he lives. I'd go drinking with him, but I'd fear for my life.

Is it too crazy a suggestion to say Billy 36 as a potential 10 for the world cup? Maybe as a fallback solid warrenball game plan player, should our hopefully mercurially gifted 10 take a dent (as they often do)

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dave April 26, 2014 4:16 am

trust me bro
i'd love to see a 10 twlevetrees, 12 burell 13 tuilagi
your not crazy but it's probably not going to happen unless aliens start introducing themselves on mass to mankind

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FrontRowRobbo April 24, 2014 9:32 pm

Pull your head out of your @rse Krip - what do you know about Owen Farrell's personality? Clearly you know nothing if you think there is a better English 10 playing at the moment. Miles ahead of the opposition that's why he plays so many minutes for England no one can touch him. Nothing to do with his dad.

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10stonenumber10 April 25, 2014 9:33 am

chill out bru, just a bit of internet hate band wagon banter. We are going off what we have seen in interviews and inside line rfu stuff. Obviously he is a skilled player if he is in the england team, but his performances are rarely outstanding beyond fulfilling the basic requirements of a fly half, much like Wilkinson.

Both are a coaches dream, hard workers who put in the yards, but it seems for both at the expense of creative vision. Obviously your opinion will differ, but just like a sense of humour, everyone has got one, but they are all different.

Both can solidly win games back to back, but can go an entire season without 'lighting the stage'. In other sporting terms, see it as a 5 day test nightwatchman cricketer compared to a 20/20 player ODI specialist.

This has gone quite off point from The Badg, Bloody good sense of humour, bloody good footie player, part time fisherman, and an all round good bloke.

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Dave April 25, 2014 10:00 am

Off topic yes, but are you joking about Wilkinson not lighting the stage? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqoEHjR4MxY

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10stonenumber10 April 25, 2014 11:11 am

I'd agree if he did that every game. But like the Steve Thompson 80m try, it is a highlight performance picked out of hundreds of others. Like his one handed superman try on his comeback, given even though it was obvious he was in touch...

That same game wilkinson pulled that move about 3 times. Surprised Ireland. Like that try Stringer scored for Munster in the final a few years ago, blindside flanker didn't even move because it was the first time Stringer had ever done something different

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stroudos April 25, 2014 2:00 pm

@Dave - ahh, halcyon days. Hope we get to again see blokes in white shirts reading the game and being ready for offloads the way Greenwood, Back, Healey & Kay do in this clip. The irony is many people tend to think of that 2001-03 period being dominated by forward-oriented play with Wilkinson simply kicking points - couldn't be further from the truth.

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iamaj8 April 25, 2014 11:35 am

Dayumm, he went there. "Rarely outstanding" and "Wilkinson" was used in the same sentence. I suppose in the same light Jason Robinson "mostly boring" as well. And god help SBW!

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10stonenumber10 April 25, 2014 12:11 pm

Wilkinson is the Audi R8 of fly halves. Incredibly clinical, broadly fantastic in all aspects, but doesn't have the same flair and excitement of an Aston, Ferrari or Lotus. Everything he does offensively is greeted with a golf clap and "Very well played sir, cucumber sandwich?" rather than a rapturous standing ovation. Of course this is all my own opinion and view of watching him for the past 13-14 years. Before the 03 World Cup he was a lot sharper.

Farrell is a well spec'd Vauxhall

Cummins is a 5 litre V8 RWD "Ute".
The vehicle designed on the brief of "A truck that can take the sheep to market on a Saturday, and take your mum to Church on a Sunday"

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DrG April 26, 2014 2:23 pm

So who; pray tell, is the Aston, Ferrari or Lotus of the number 10 shirt then?

...I'll read between the lines and won't even delve into the fact you stuck those three cars into the same category...

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10stonenumber10 April 26, 2014 2:47 pm

Horses for courses. 2 british marques (ford and 12trees), 1 italian (cipriani... italian name anyway). Unreliable, fragile, but have a certain something that sets them apart, which lets you forgive it for breaking down on the M4.

I don't think we have a standout attacking fly half at our disposal. Yet.

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DrG April 26, 2014 4:22 pm

Nicely done 10stone10, definitely a good reply. What I sort of meant was; if Wilkinson is an Audi R8 (which you are marking down as great but not the greatest) then who really is down as some of the greatest? Only I'd personally put Wilkinson well ahead of any of the above - Ford, 36, and Cipriani.. (Obviously at the pinnacle of their respective careers)..

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10stonenumber10 April 27, 2014 11:34 am

Again, horses for courses. Call the World Cup the Le Mans 24 hour race, the R8 will see you through to the very end in efficient eloquence, most others burn out or fade away. That is worth it's boring no tyre smoke or tense moments weight in gold. Tortoise vs Hare is Disrespect, more Wisened Ninja Turtle vs Bloke with a Playboy Bunny WAG.

We need to look at the 10/12/13 as a complete attacking axis. I know he is wiry even by Fullback standards, but maybe see what Brown can offer in the centres like the boks did with Frans Steyn, why wait for a kick for him to run as direct as he does? D'Arcy and Drico tore teams apart in their prime, and both would still fit in a Ryanair seat without too much discomfort.

Italy vs Ireland in my opinion was the most exciting game I have seen in about 5 years, compared to the Wales France game before where the average weight for the 4 centres was heavier than the average Loosehead in the 2003 world cup. I'm Irish and Italian, 80 minutes of Win/Win rugby.

Billy 36 at 10, Eastmond 12, Burrell/Tuilagi 13. Farrell on bench for Eastmond/centres to close the game out/play the rough stuff. Brown 15 covering everywhere if necessary, Burrell/Tuilagi on bench in rotation, keep the heavy stuff fresh if they are looking out for a lightweight 12. May needs to back himself more instead of scuttling in field, but better safe than sorry if you can't guarantee to secure the ball in contact if you're isolated. Ashton should be nowhere near the setup.

Next question to save for hijacking another video... Big Sammy Burgess. He's working with Ford and Faz, both generations, both League crossovers. Answer to our problems? Or are we trying to Out-Sonny-Bill a Sonny-Bill game plan we have never been able to play effectively?

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DrG April 27, 2014 12:27 pm

I actually somewhat disagree with your horses for courses answer. Some horses are better at sprints, some are better at jumps, some are better in dry, some are better in wet, some are distance runners, some are; as said, sprinters... The last thing a rugby team needs is a weather analysis before each game to decide which out of their 7 potential 10's they want to play. At the end of the day, you know yourself (as a 10) and I know myself (as a lock/back row) that we have our own preferred conditions, but that doesn't mean we peak out of the dressing room and go "oh sh*t it's (weather condition) out there, I'm not playing guys sorry."

So the above aside we move onto the 10,12,13 thing. I will reiterate that I am indeed a forward - But I'm sure my couple stints in the backs (due to carded players) gives me a mountain of knowledge to know what I'm on about - all you guys do is look pretty at put the ball down over the line right? But seriously for me, I look more at things like a 9-10 partnership, and a 12-13 partnership than a 10,12,13, but also that aside, it still moves onto who is the better 10, I'd still pick Wilkinson over the others previously mentioned.

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10stonenumber10 April 27, 2014 1:09 pm

I don't know where weather came into this debate, i'm actually agreeing with your different strengths point. i'm saying Wilko can play any sort of gameplan at an 8 or 9/10 level consistently, the rest might have a few 10/10s, but need to play to their style rather than the team. How many times do you hear about a back line not firing because the 10 is having an off day?

The same with the 10/12/13 axis. 36 did well this 6N because he took a lot of first phase ball, Ireland and NZ excel because Conrad Smith and his understudy Ben Smith, as well as Drico, are all comfortable to call it and run a play as well as be part of it, just as Carter can cut a line off a shoulder as well as give the pass to someone cutting a line.

Statistically in my opinion we would be better off with ball players who occasionally get knocked back than fearsome heavyweights who sometimes pass. Physicality can be matched, speed of thought cannot.

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DrG April 27, 2014 5:31 pm

Weather is relative to horses for courses... different people are suited to different things, rugby is fairly consistent: Crudely speaking, you go out, beat the living daylights out of each other on the same sized pitch week in week out. At a professional level the only thing that will particularly act as a variable or 'change the course' is the weather - (If you consider the fact that most pro teams are supposed to be evenly matched). So if a player is having an 'off' day, chances are he needs a boot in the bum to remove his head from said bum.

I think I actually get what you were saying originally, but labelling players as cars sort of makes things a bit confusing - more like Wilkinson plays at a 10/10 every game, but players X, Y and Z who normally play at 7/10 sometimes play 11/10...

Might be easier to say things like, Wilkinson>Quade Cooper, but every now and again Coopers ridiculous steps and perhaps 'un-clinical' no look offloads will be more favourable than a consistent 'clinical' passer/player...

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dave April 26, 2014 4:13 am

if aussies are the "apotheosis of what rugby players should be" how come england beat them 3 of the last 4 times they've played.....?

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DanKnapp April 25, 2014 5:59 am

This 'debate' above about Farrell isn't exactly what I came here for.

Big fan of Cummins' work. He's hilarious! It's just good to see blokes enjoying their jobs and having a laugh, and not taking themselves too seriously. As has been said umpteen times before, he'll be class when he does more TV work in the future.

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dave April 25, 2014 7:08 pm

this guy would get chewed up by the media over here in north america for saying things like "sweating like a gypsy with a mortgage"
frigg over here a commentator for hockey questioned a referee for being a french canadian ref making a bad call in favor of a french canadian team and he's apparently racist because of that and rugby has been going by that presumption for international rugby as long as i've been watching it

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Canadian content April 25, 2014 7:23 pm

Sorry Dave not biting on that one. Not many characteristic like cummins in world sport

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dave April 25, 2014 7:54 pm

I'm not saying it's bad, i'm just noting the difference between north american society and aussie
it seems we're a bit too uptight over here

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45678 April 25, 2014 8:16 pm

Cummins seems like a decent bloke, but he also comes across half stoned in interviews IMHO. It says a lot about modern day athletes if a seemingly half conscious bloke with a few worn analogies is seen as a comic genius!

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DrG April 26, 2014 2:30 pm

I think Cummins is brilliant. Great player, great character and just a damn funny guy...

..BUT...

..I'm not trying to be rude, but is he actually all there? I mean, he honestly seems to be a complete loon..

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Pipo April 26, 2014 10:38 pm

I know and I think that makes me like him even more (:

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DrG April 27, 2014 8:46 am

Yeh definitely, I mean it wouldn't make me like him less or respect him less, but he honestly seems like he might have screw completely missing rather than just loose...

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10stonenumber10 April 27, 2014 10:47 am

Dare I say it to fan the flames in jest...

Perhaps Cummins is a living breathing example of the necessity of the Concussion Protection protocol from grassroots to professional? We're about the same age, from the school days of "he's awake! get back out there and smash him back!"

You never know, had he lived in Wales and had soft, wet ground to hit his head on instead of baked Oz earth when putting his body on the line, he too could be a Doctor like Jamie Roberts.

Cannabis is also decriminalised in certain parts of 'Straiya, it is hardly a performance enhancer so I doubt they will test for it regularly...

He might not be all there, but if I had to choose 3 players to fight the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse, he would be there, along with Henry Tuilagi and Erik Lund.

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