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Friday’s Rugby News: Honey Badger leaving Aussie Rugby

Friday’s Rugby News: Honey Badger leaving Aussie Rugby

Friday’s rugby news has the Force struggling with injury, the Tahs continuing the attack, the Rebels dropping Woodward and Carter returning at 12.

Wallabies-v-France-2nd-test_140614_827-Nick-Cummins-620x1065Breaking News:

Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins is leaving Aussie rugby, having signed for Japanese club Coca Cola West Red Sparks for next season. This means he’s out of contention for the World Cup next year.

Tell us what you think about that using a Honey Badger-esque phrase


Force battling injuries

mathewson force highlandersThe Force have been dealt a blow to their finals hopes, losing halfback Alby Mathewson for Saturday night’s must-win clash with the Reds. With Mathewson suffering a hip injury, the Force will be without both starting halves after five-eighth Sias Eberson was ruled out with a torn left bicep.

Ian Prior will wear the No.9 jumper, with his former Brumbies teammate Zack Holmes at fly-half. In more positive news, Nick Cummins will return from a neck complaint.   

Waratahs told to take more risk


With the Waratahs needing a win over the Highlanders and the Reds over the next two weeks to assure themselves of a home final, Michael Cheika has implored the team to retain an attacking mindset“He wants us to take more risks,” said Stephen Hoiles.

The team has also adjusted to the loss of their captain Dave Dennis, with halfback Nick Phipps emphasising that the setback would not derail the finals campaign, saying, “A lot of people are stepping up.”

Rebels drop Woodward


Rebels coach Tony McGahan has dropped the club’s leading points scorer Jason Woodward for Saturday’s match with the Lions. McGahan has emphasised that the move has nothing to do with the New Zealand-born player’s decision to sign with the Hurricanes for the 2015 season. 

Also dropped for the match is lock Cadeyrn Neville, with Hugh Pyle returning, as well as hooker Pat Leafa, who will be replaced by recently re-signed Japanese hooker Shota Horie.   

Carter picked at 12

Getting on a bitThe Crusaders have made the surprising move of shifting Dan Carter to inside centre in his return to the starting lineup, retaining Colin Slade at 10. The 32-year-old will be returning from his NZRU approved sabbatical to undertake the difficult task of marking All Blacks 12 Ma’a Nonu.

Carter is joined in the starting line-up by fellow All Black stars Kieran Read, returning from concussion-issues, and Israel Dagg, who has been sidelined with a knee injury suffered during the All Blacks’ 3-0 series win over England. 

  • Tangawizi

    Fair dinkum? Don’t try and come the raw prawn with me mate?
    But if true, the Honey Badger news is tremendously disappointing for Australian Rugby and it’s fans. There are very few personality players in the game here and he had the biggest.
    Maybe raw prawns are the attraction though, he could be right into Sushi……..

    • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

      Ha! Well played.
      When they try & pronounce his nick name it could sound something like ‘horney batcher’. Not a bad boo boo!

  • Larkhage

    mate, when I saw the sub-headline, all I could think was: “yes! I’m going to tell everyone this”, but no, I can’t, Tom Carter is not returning to 12…

  • TBR

    This is horribly disappointing. Why not just wait a year and play once the World Cup is over? Henry Speight is good, but the Badger is one of the first backs I would pick because a player like him sets the tone for the intensity that everyone is expected to play with.


    • Seb V

      See I would pick a fit Tomane, Spreight, AAC ahead of him, or even a well adjusted JOC. And it would a 50/50 call between Horne. A likeable and powerful winger, what you see is what you get but I find the other 4 offer much more skill and threat.

      • TBR

        “Well adjusted” and “JOC” will never, ever be used in the same sentence. I move in several friendship circles that overlap with his, and I will say this much: this guy is never going to change. Enough talent to be an all time great, but a poisonous influence to any team nonetheless.

        Of the above listed all are good players, but that’s missing the true power of the Badger – he is 100% passion, which rubs off on the team – “leadership”, if you will. The only player of a similar style is Horne, who has had a brilliant season and deserves a call up for higher honours off the back of it.

        Can we name a stand at NIB after the Badger if he agrees to hang around for another year?

      • Pclifto

        I’d agree to a point… apart from maybe Tomane. I see potential in him but what has he actually achieved? You have to give it to the Badger, he probably doesn’t have the same level of polish on his skills (vs Tomane) but you have to give him credit for using what he’s got to full effect.

        Speight, AAC, even JOC yes – Tomane needs to prove himself at a high level for longer to be held in the same bracket as these guys, methinks

  • Will

    Big loss by the ARU… the badger hits the line straight and hard and has the best defence in the wallaby backline…..

  • JimmyMosquito

    Musta been sweatin like a gypsy with a mortgage to go and chase the Yen

  • Ryphon

    More bad news for the Force with Jayden Hayward and Salesi Manu signing to play for Benetton Treviso in Italy. The outside back stocks have seriously been dealt a big blow for the Force this morning.

    • bad ass

      There might be one or two reds backs left that they can poach.

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    Badge will love Japan and, even though they won’t understand a word he says, the Japanese will love him too. Who wouldn’t?
    I’m sad for the loss but wish him well. What a top bloke & a real character.

  • Nick

    I don’t have a badger phrase for this , this just SUCKS!!!!! NOT THE HONEY BADGER!!!!!

  • Waz_dog

    what is doing with izzy’s hair?????? come on that is terrible!!!!!

  • Pclifto

    I don’t understand what the “unique circumstances” and compassionate grounds that the ARU have highlighted as the reason why his contract is being lifted…?!

  • Phil

    He must have some roos loose in the top paddock to go and do this.Fair suck of the sav!
    Certainly will miss his interviews as much as his passionate attitude.

  • Brawndo

    Real shame re Honeybadger. To me he epitomised the new attitude and character McKenzie is looking to bring into the wallabies. Nothing flash, just honest hard workers who could perform their core roles with excellence and are passionate for the jersey. No backward steps, bleed gold.

    I guess Cummins figured with Speight coming into the side and competing against various others with similar skill levels but greater versatility he was unlikely to make the world cup.

    Still…you’d think that the Badger of all people would spurn the yen/euro to play for his country. If he won’t who will? Apart from JOC of course…


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