Recently ARU TV brought us the news many of us have been waiting for for a while: Nick Cummins, AKA the Honeybadger, has joined up with the Australian Sevens team in the hope of making the team for the Rio Olympics.
A big name that also recently joined the Aussie team was Toulon’s Quade Cooper, and he had a tough time during the Las Vegas and the Vancouver Sevens. He only had a few days to prepare for the Las Vegas tournament and a week more for the Canadian event. It was hardly a serious effort, even if Cooper could probably have the makings of a great sevens player were he to put the time in.
Another player who put his name in the hat earlier was Henry Speight, who spent months training with the squad before first playing. He made a clear impact straight off the bat, due to his extensive preparation.
Cummins looks to be joining up with the side full-time now, which will strongly increase his chances of getting to Rio. He was also an integral part of the 2007 Commonwealth Games silver medal-winning side and was World Series top try scorer the season after. He also seems to be familiar with a few of the players, which will help him a lot in working himself into the team and the Olympic selection.
Of all the big names that are being counted on to bring some publicity to the Sevens game, Cummins might be one of the best. A lot of people will end up barracking for Australia, if only in the hope for more press conferences with the Badge.
Paul Peerdeman, Pundit Arena
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