SAS Australia: Honey Badger slammed for 'reckless' move

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

Nick Cummins has found himself in the firing line once again after the second episode of SAS Australia went to air last night and showed another contestant cop his aggressive side full in the stomach.

The Rugby Union star and former Bachelor was slammed on Monday after he went toe-to-toe in confronting scenes with AFLW star Sabrina Frederick and now he’s come under fire for a gun-ho tackle of fellow contestant Shayna Jack.

Honey Badger Nick Cummins on SAS Australia called out too aggressive female contestants
'Honey Badger' Nick Cummins has been called out for being 'reckless' in SAS challenges involving female contestants. Photo: Seven

Many argued the professional union player was too aggressive on Monday despite being challenged by Sabrina, and the sentiment remained consistent last night after the pro player’s brutal tackle took out Olympic Swimmer Shayna Jack in a game of murderball.

Nick Cummins Honey Badger tackles Shayna Jack in brutal SAS move
Nick swooped in and took out Shayna in the blink of an eye. Photo: Seven

The 33-year-old was called in to take on 21-year-old Shayna during the game being played in a muddy field, swooping in and instantly felling her with a rugby tackle.

The 21-year-old was left sprawling on the ground, with teammate Candice Warner voicing concern the Honey Badger had done some damage.

“I think she got hurt,” the iron woman can be heard saying as the players return to their teams. “Shayna, I think she got winded from Badger.”

Shayna Jack muddy field rugby tackle Nick Cummins
Shayna was helped off the field after the tackle left her wind ed and gasping for breath. Photo: Seven

The swimmer managed to stagger out, left winded by the attack.

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Online critics gobsmacked at ‘reckless’ move

Nick Cummins tackles Shayna Jack murder ball SAS Australia challenge sparks uproar
Many dubbed the tackle 'reckless' and 'too aggressive'. Photo: Seven

Online commentators were left gobsmacked, arguing the tackle was taking things too far, and voicing concern that the rugby player wasn’t being careful enough with smaller players.

“Nick Cummins does not f**k around poor girl,” one fan of the show summed it up.

Photo: Seven
Photo: Seven

“Sh*t!!” another agreed. “The honey badger is going in hard on the girls.”

“He has become extremely reckless,” another pointed out.

Photo: Seven
Photo: Seven

Even comedian Dave Hughes weighed in on the controversy, wondering if Badger should calm down when approaching the female contestants.

Photo: Seven
Photo: Seven

“Is it non pc to say Honey Badger needs to calm down on tackling the women?” he wondered on Twitter.

Some came to the rugby star’s defence, arguing he was treating everyone the same in his approach to the challenging series, and shouldn’t be faulted for doing as he is asked.

Photo: Seven
Photo: Seven

“Don’t give honey badger sh*t for going hard on the girls, it’s literally the show,” the fan wrote. “He would go that hard against anyone, boy or girl. No one gets upset when he’s going hard against a guy so who’s the real sexist one?”

SAS Australia kicks off to a controversial start

The controversy is just one in a string the show has already produced, despite being only two episodes deep so far.

Last night Arabella Del Busso left fans rattled when she revealed why she faked multiple pregnancies with NRL star Josh Reynolds during an interrogation on SAS Australia.

The 30-year-old broke down when questioned about the fake pregnancies which had the DS (directing staff) branding her a "con woman".

Similarly, long-time friends Roxy Jacenko and Candice Warner reportedly busted up over their boxing confrontation on the show, which saw them pitted against each other in a fistfight that left Roxy in the dust.

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