Nick Cummins will rejoin the Western Force for next season’s Super Rugby competition on a loan deal which will make him eligible for Australia for the 2015 World Cup.
Cummins was released by the Force at the end of last season, signing a two-year deal with the Japanese club Coca Cola Red Sparks.
The 27-year-old winger sought the lucrative Japanese contract to allow him to provide financial support for his father Mark, who has cancer, and two family members who suffer from cystic fibrosis.
By moving to Japan he became ineligible for Wallabies selection but his return to the Force means he can now be considered for Australia’s World Cup squad.
Cummins will rejoin the Red Sparks for their 2015/2016 Top League campaign.
The player popularly known as the “Honey Badger” to his many fans worldwide will be available to play in front of his home crowd at nib Stadium in Perth on Friday 27 February when the Western Force take on the Hurricanes in Round Three of Super Rugby.
Cummins is excited to be returning to Australia.
“In November I was given an opportunity to play for the Barbarians (against Australia),” he said.
“Walking off the field after the match at Twickenham was a surreal experience, knowing I had just played against my country.
“It definitely lit a fire within and had me thinking about what could have been.
“But I heard a bloke say at the end of the Super Rugby season that he hadn’t heard no fat lady sing!
“I’m stoked to be back on the burst and returning to Australian rugby in 2015.
“Thanks to the Western Force and more importantly the Coca-Cola Red Sparks in Japan for making my return back to Australia possible.
“Gonna be a huge year. Can’t wait to get amongst it!”