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Why is The Bachelor Nick Cummins called The Honey Badger?

Nick Cummins sure has one catchy alter ego - but what's the origin behind his nickname?

By Bella Brennan

Nick Cummins is being touted as "the most unusual" Bachelor yet.

With his retro moustache, ocker one-liners, inspirational family back story and a quirky nickname - Nick is certainly living up to the hype.

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And as we countdown to The Bachelor premiere on August 15th, you're probably wondering (apart from which one of the 25 lucky ladies will win Nick's heart) Why is Nick Cummins called The Honey Badger?

Well, the former rugby union player dubbed himself the Honey Badger because it's his spirit animal - on and off the field.

Nick says he was inspired by the fierce fluff ball after watching it attack its prey on Animal Planet.

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Nick, with *Bachelorette* star Ali Oetjen, says the Honey Badger is his spirit animal.
Nick, with Bachelorette star Ali Oetjen, says the Honey Badger is his spirit animal.

"The badge? Long story short, basically there was a documentary on National Geographic or Animal Planet, one of them Fox set-ups, and I watched this thing and this honey badger was going toe to toe with a male lion and it was underneath him, the underdog obviously," Nick revealed.

Adding: "But he's on his back, clawing away, one, two, and then bloody, the big fella (lion) got his canastas clawed off and he trotted off round the corner and fell over and the badger gets back up and I thought, 'What an animal, that's bloody, that's impressive,'" he's previously said of the cobra-eating critter.

"They run 40k a day they bloody attack the most venomous animals in the world and eat them and then when they get bitten - which they're not immune to - they pass out for a good few hours and wake up and continue eating."

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"One of the stories which inspired me is that it is documented that a honey badger killed a male lion in a one-on-one battle," Nick explained to Fairfax during his rugby career.

"What happened was that he clawed the canastas off the big fella, going the old one-two. The big fella walked around the corner and fell over. The honey badger got up, shook himself, and just trotted off. For me, that was outstanding."

Here's hoping Nick is a bit more gentle with the 25 women competing for his heart on The Bachelor.

"I come across this little mongrel and just the way it approached life I thought that's outstanding!"
"I come across this little mongrel and just the way it approached life I thought that's outstanding!"

Meanwhile, before Nick became the Bachelor he enjoyed a successful rugby career which started in 2007, when he landed a spot on the Australian Sevens squad before moving to Perth to play for the Western Force rugby union team.

He also represented the Wallabies several times but in 2014, he gave up his blossoming rugby career in Australia and signed a lucrative contract to play for the Coca-Cola Sparks in the Japanese top league - a move he says he made to make money to help support his family, including his two younger siblings, Elizabeth and Joe, who both suffer cystic fibrosis.

He played in Japan for two years before wrapping up his tenure in 2016.

What is a Honey Badger?

Cute but psycho, the honey badger is the secret king of the jungle!
Cute but psycho, the honey badger is the secret king of the jungle!

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