Honey Badger granted early release, signs with Japanese club
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The decision has been made based on unique family circumstances.
- Could still play in the 2015 Investec Super Rugby season
- Inside reports suggest a new "too good to be true" style contract
- Signed with Coca Cola West Red Sparks in Fukuoka in Kyushu
- ARU at this stage does not consider sabbaticals an option
“We have been working with Nick and his management team to explore ways to retain him within Australian Rugby since we were notified of his circumstances.”
“The enthusiasm he brings to our sport and unique personality that he has shared with the Australian Rugby community will be sorely missed.
“Due to his unique and extreme personal circumstances, we have reluctantly made a decision to grant Nick an early release from his current contract based on compassionate grounds.
“We wish him well for the future on and off the field and he is aware that we – and Rugby fans across Australia who have embraced him as the ‘Honey Badger’ – would love to see him back in Australia in the future.”
CEO Rugby WA Mark Sinderberry said it’s hoped the conditions of Cummins’ release will allow him to play with the Force again next year.
“We’d certainly like to see Nick back in Force colours beyond this season,” he said.
“He’s a player who gives his all on the field. He has been a great representative for our club over the past seven years and as a result, is an extremely popular member both within the team and with our supporters.
“While he’s a player that we’d love to hand on to, we understand Nick’s situation and we respect that this is an outcome that is best for Nick at the present time.”
CEO of the Rugby Union Players’ Association Greg Harris has worked with Cummins, his family and representatives from Australian Rugby Union and Rugby WA on the matter.
“We’re grateful for the way this matter has been handled and we feel that considering the circumstances, the appropriate decision has been made. We’re glad Nick’s welfare has been considered by granting an early release from his contract.”
Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie wished Cummins all the best.
“It is very disappointing to lose a player of Nick’s calibre but after discussing the issues at hand, we appreciate that this is a decision based on what is best for him and his family at this time.”
“He will be sorely missed by the Qantas Wallabies for his contributions on and off the field.”
Cummins made his debut for the Qantas Wallabies in 2012 against Argentina in Rosario. He joined the Western Force in 2008 and won a silver medal as part of Australia’s Commonwealth Games Sevens campaign in 2010 in Delhi, India.
Nick Cummins will take to the field this Saturday 5 July in Perth when the Western Force take on the St.George Queensland Reds at nib Stadium.
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