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GIFs: Barbarians V Australia Is All About The Honey Badger

GIFs: Barbarians V Australia Is All About The Honey Badger
By Gary Reilly Updated

It would be dismissive of the Barbarians tradition to make today's match against Australia all about Nick 'The Honey Badger' Cummins but forgive us for one second because since his move to Japan we have been criminally deprived of the man himself.

Cummins was released from his contract with Australia in July so he could move to Japan "due to unique family circumstances" but even though he's out of sight for the most part doesn't mean he's out of mind. He returned to the attention of the greater rugby world to play for the Barbarians against his native Australia and he was suitably box-office.

It really was a Baa Baas match as it should be. Open rugby from both sides saw Australia go in at half time with a narrow 14-12 lead. Michael Cheika's men then pulled away at the start of the second half. But the Barbarians had other ideas and it was the Honey Badger who was at the centre of a spirited fight back.

He collected a beautiful offload from Tim Nanai Williams and crossed to bring the Baa Baas to within 13 points after 72 minutes.

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Cummins then turned provider for Marnitz Boshoff who added a conversion to bring the scores to 36-40. That was how it ended and, in reality, everyone at Twickenham was a winner.


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