Honey Badger quits Australian rugby

Nick Cummins will join Japanese club Coca Cola West Red Sparks at the end of the Super Rugby season.

The Wallabies wing had signed with the Force and Australian Rugby Union until the end of 2015, but has been granted an early release due to personal circumstances.

'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,' said ARU CEO Bill Pulver. '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.'

Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP Photo

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Simon Borchardt