12 Jan 2016

Cummins to join Aussie sevens team

7:08 pm on 12 January 2016

Wallabies outside back Nick Cummins has put his hand up for selection in Australia's Olympic team ahead of rugby sevens' debut at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Nick Cummins

Nick Cummins Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 28-year-old, self-nicknamed the 'Honey Badger', will link up with the squad in March and be available for selection for the final four legs of 2015-16 HSBC Sevens World Series season until the conclusion of the Olympics, the Australian Rugby Union said.

Cummins, a cult hero in Australia for his shaggy appearance and slang-filled one-liners, has been capped 15 times for the Wallabies but ended his ARU contract to play rugby in Japan and earn more money to care for sick family members.

"I'm keen as mustard to get this opportunity to play sevens again," the Japan-based winger Cummins said in a statement.

"She's a big year, we all know why.

"To make the team, you've got to get on the burst and perform - and that's what I intend on doing."