'Honey badger' does the hard yakka in Rio rugby bid

Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:11am EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

SYDNEY (Reuters) - From ploughing through Norwegian snowfields to running in the red dirt of Australia's remote Northwest, Wallabies winger Nick Cummins had prepared himself as best he could for the return to the high octane world of sevens rugby.

It was never going to be enough, though, and after his first session with the Rio-bound Australia squad on Wednesday, he joked that had it gone on any longer, he would have been choosing a tree on which to empty the contents of his stomach.

"Beautiful time of day, nice and warm, different to Japan, but look, these boys are fit, fitter than I am, as you can see," the 28-year-old said between gasps on the side of the training pitch.

"I just did two full weeks of training in Sydney just so I could come last here today..."

Cummins, the self-anointed "Honey badger" of Australian rugby, is as well known for his look and creative use of local slang as he is for his try-scoring feats.

The shaggy blond hair, porn star moustache and larrikin language should not distract from a serious rugby talent that has earned him six tries in 15 tests for his country.

Not that his pedigree won him any deference from the other members of the squad on Wednesday.

"I know when I was a younger rooster, you'd be a bit worried about saying something to Matt Giteau or Drew Mitchell, you'd be bogging yourself thinking you'd get a flogging," he said.   Continued...