Rugby: Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins does it again

By Dan Elsom with AAP

Nick Cummins. Photo / Getty
Nick Cummins. Photo / Getty

Ah, the Honey Badger, when will you ever cease to impress?

Always keeping fans on their toes, Aussie Sevens star Nick Cummins is a born entertainer, and an interviewer's dream.

In his most recent interview at the Paris Sevens, quick-witted Cummins jam-packed some of his best tongue-ticklers into 45 seconds of hilarity.

Speaking with World Rugby media ahead of the weekend's tournament, the Badge was asked to describe roommate and Australian Sevens stalwart Cam Clark.

His tongue-in-cheek interpretation of the 23-year-old was priceless.

"He's put his modelling career on the side for a bit, he's bloody ripped up like Hasselhoff back in the day," Cummins said.

"He's got the jaw that could cut a cake, he's got the tan of a mahogany seal, and he's got the charisma of James Bond."

When asked if Clark had any bad habits, the 28-year-old was quick to firmly stitch-up his teammate.

"He's nude about 90 per cent of the time, which is a little bit uncomfortable ... And pushing the beds together is not my idea of privacy. I suppose it's good to spread them apart a bit, and just run your own race."

Cummins produced more gold in Paris during an on-field interview with Fox Sports after Australia survived for a tight 24-19 victory over England.

"I was running around like I stole something there when I got on, cooking up a bit, but keen for the rest of the day," Cummins said.

Never change, Badge.

Unfortunately, Cummins' comedic genius was one of the few positives to come out of the Paris leg of the World Series for the Aussies, with the Thunderbolts bowing out of the running for the cup in the quarter-finals after a 17-15 defeat to Fiji.

Despite leading Fiji 15-5 with less than five minutes to play, Australia blew the 10-point lead by conceding two late tries and then failing to capitalise on a golden chance after the siren. It is the third time Australia have suffered a late capitulation to the world champions this year, after they threw away a 15-0 lead in the second half of the final in Las Vegas, and also squandered a nine-point lead in the final 90 seconds against the same team in the quarter-final in Singapore.

"I thought we had the game to beat Fiji, but we really need to be finishing those types of games," coach Andy Friend said.

"I keep saying it, but I truly believe we are getting closer to them."

The Thunderbolts went on to lose to South Africa in the Plate Final to finish sixth, while Fiji were stunned by a fast-finishing Samoan side in the final, losing 29-26 after leading 26-7.

Of more concern to Australia though will be their continual habit of throwing away sizeable leads just three months away from the Olympics.

They also lost possession and the lead in the final seconds of the Sydney Sevens final against New Zealand in February, and conceded 12 late points against the same opponent in the pool stage of the tournament to draw.

One player now likely to appear at the Olympics is Jesse Parahi, who impressed in his first Sevens tournament in Paris on return from rugby league.

"He was a big positive. Jesse's like a bull and carried the ball so well when we needed it," Friend said.

Cummins was given little time in the big matches, while Con Foley threw his hands up to be James Stannard's halves partner if regular five-eighth Lewis Holland fails to overcome an ankle injury.


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