Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins returns for the Force

The Western Force have named their team to play the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday with popular winger Nick Cummins returning to the side for his first Super Rugby start this year.

Cummins left Australia last year to play in Japan but has returned for this year’s Super Rugby season. He missed last week’s match against the Highlanders recovering from recent ankle surgery.

The twenty-seven-year-old known as the ‘Honey Badger’ is now ready to return to the line-up and starts on the left wing.

Fellow winger Marcel Brache will start on the right hand side, with Luke Morahan starting at fullback.

Chris Alcock will also make his comeback this week after he was sidelined with a leg injury sustained against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane a fortnight ago.

Alcock comes into the starting line-up on the openside flank, allowing the versatile Brynard Stander to shift to the opposite side of the scrum in place of the injured Angus Cottrell (ankle).

On the Force bench, Ian Prior will play his 50th Super Rugby match against the side he played 25 matches for between 2012 and 2013.

The reliable scrumhalf also played six matches for the Queensland Reds, in addition to the 18 matches he has already registered for the Force.

Lock Wilhelm Steenkamp is also set to make his first appearance for the Force during this Super Rugby campaign, replacing Rory Walton on the replacements bench.

Western Force

1. Pekahou Cowan, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Tetera Faulkner, 4. Sam Wykes (c), 5. Steve Mafi, 6. Brynard Stander, 7. Chris Alcock, 8. Ben McCalman, 9. Alby Mathewson, 10. Zack Holmes, 11. Nick Cummins, 12. Solomoni Jnr Rasolea, 13. Kyle Godwin, 14. Marcel Brache, 15. Luke Morahan

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Oliver Hoskins, 19. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20. Kane Koteka, 21. Ian Prior, 22. Sias Ebersohn, 23. Luke Burton

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