Nick “The Honey Badger” Cummins has become a cult figure in the world of rugby union but there’s more to him than ockerisms and crunching tackles.
The former Western Force star has a terminally ill father and two siblings, Joseph and Elizabeth, who have cystic fibrosis.
His father Mark has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and given two years to live.
Mark Cummins was named Queensland’s Father of the Year in 2012 for looking after eight children as a single father.
Seven’s Sunday Night team travelled with Cummins, 28, two of his brothers and their father on a “bucket list” adventure to the spectacular Kimberley.
In between the fishing, swimming and hilarity, there were moments of high emotion between a father and son who know their time together is running out.
“It’s sad that it takes something like this to happen but we wait so long until it’s too late and then they can be gone, you know,” Cummins said.
Cummins hopes to represent Australia in the rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics in August, but he has made sacrifices in his rugby career since his father’s diagnosis.
He left the Western Force in 2014 and signed a lucrative deal with a Japanese rugby union franchise to provide for his ailing loved ones, knowing it could harm his prospects with the Wallabies.
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