They don’t call Nick Cummins “The Honey Badger” for nothing. The former Wallabies star needed all his strength and energy to rescue a stricken sheep in his native Australia.
Cummins, who played for Western Force and Australia before ending his playing career with stints in Japan and Norway, is an avid outdoorsman and one of rugby’s true dinkum characters.
During his House of Rugby appearance earlier this year, Cummins began his interview by unpacking a shipment of hunting knives that had just arrived at his home. Former Irish winger Fergus McFadden also recalled how tough he was on the pitch but eager to socialize and make new friends as soon as a game is over.
“I remembered Nick came over to talk to a few of our guys in the locker room after the game [in 2013]”McFadden said.” We had the tail between our legs because you had beaten us by us by about 20 points. And he was just saying how awesome Dublin was to go out for a few beers! “
Working on TV now and with an Australian Netflix show, Cummins remains a very popular figure, and his latest Instagram post will only add to that.
Cummins was going for a drive today when he spotted a struggling sheep and stopped to help. He jumped out of his vehicle and attempted to bring the distressed sheep back through a barbed wire fence.
It was far from easy, but ‘Honey Badger‘ didn’t leave without helping the little mite. Not so “small”, however. Our agricultural correspondent estimates that the ewe would weigh around 70 kg.
“He’s got his horns stuck behind the barbed wire,” Cummins says as he finds a way to get the sheep out.
“We will try to get him through the fence safely,” he adds after taking the sheep out. “Very beautiful, eh?” You’re fine, mate.
It takes a tremendous amount of force to bring the sheep back over the fence. His good deed is greeted with a loud âBaaaaaa! As the animal flees, only to be greeted with a call of “You’re welcome.”
Long regarded as one of the best guys in rugby, the Honey Badger is also making strides in the animal kingdom.