How did Nick Cummins get the nickname 'Honey Badger'?


You lil’ beauty.

Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins is a rugby union player with a glorious moustache and a larrikin sense of humour.

He’s also Australia’s next Bachelor.

The 30-year-old says things like “If I get a gig, I’m gonna go off like a cut snake” and “The boys were on it like seagulls at a tip” and “Sweatin’ like a gypsy with a mortgage, actually”.

He’s basically the male version of Sophie Monk.


But why the heck is he called the Honey Badger and how do we get a bloody great nickname like that?

Well, it turns out he gave himself the name after watching one very inspiring wildlife documentary.

“There was a documentary on National Geographic or Animal Planet, one of them Fox bloody setups. Yeah, I watched this thing and this honey badger was going toe-to-toe with a male lion,” he explained in an interview in 2012.

“And um, he was underneath him — underdog, obviously — on his back, clawing away, one, two and then bloody, the big fella got his canastas clawed off and he trod off round the corner and fell over, and the badger gets back up and I thought, what an animal. You know, that’s bloody… that’s impressive.”

He later clarified why he gave himself the nickname in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

“Well, I just like that aggression, and try to get into the mindset of the honey badger when going into contact during a game,” he explained.

“There’s no doubt, there’s no fear.”

Yep, he named himself the Honey Badger after watching a honey badger fight off a lion.

And you’ve got to hand it to the, erm, Badge, the name has definitely stuck.


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The Honey Badger started off his career playing for the Western Force in Perth, before moving to Japan to play for the Coca-Cola Sparks in the Japanese top league.

He’s also the face of Tradie underwear and has appeared in some ads for Tourism Australia.

The Honey Badger has over 250,000 followers on Instagram, and he keeps them all up-to-date with his topless adventures on boats and what not.

We can’t wait to see him on The Bachelor 2018.

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