On Friday another name came into the sevens circuit from the 15s game. And it was one of the biggest names out there. Nick Cummins made his return to sevens rugby.
Cummins was previously a very successful sevens player, before he joined the Western Force to try and make it into the Wallabies squad. He managed that, and then disappeared to Japan twice. In a recent interview with the Daily Mail it was revealed he gave up on his World Cup and Wallabies dreams to make some money in Japan and take care of his family.
A few weeks ago the Honeybadger returned to Australia to join Andy Friend’s sevens team and he seemed to fit straight back in.
With four minutes left on the clock, and the game against Argentina well won, Nick Cummins came onto the field. Within moments he was into the action with some great tackles. Then he got an off load and some space and he shot down the pitch like a rat down a drainpipe. Unfortunately he did not quite have the pace for a dream start and was caught five metres short. He was then penalised for holding on.
A brilliant action by Dillingworth would have given Cummins his first bit of meat, but Dillingworth tried to off load in the tackle instead of passing before the hit and Cummins could only watch the hospital pass hobble away.
Then right at the death, the Honeybadger had his best chance. Around the half way line he got the ball, swerved and stepped, then put pedal to the metal, pinned his ears back and went for it. But it seems Nick is not quite up to scratch yet and his legs did not carry him fast enough to stay ahead of the last defender. In the tackle he lost the ball right on the try line. He was left on the deck, quite winded.
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He voiced the hope he could stay in Australia and be close to his family earlier, and this would also give him the chance to keep playing Sevens and make Rio.
Here’s hoping he will not have to give up on his dream of an Olympic medal. What is for sure is that Cummins has the skills to make that team. Physically he might still have a way to go, but he knows his stuff and he works harder than anyone.
Paul Peerdeman, Pundit Arena
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