Nick Cummins is known for his body – he clearly spends a lot of time looking after it.
But on Thursday fans of the Honey Badger were talking about the former football player’s physique for a completely different reason.
“Went into SAS ready for battle, left SAS looking like a lollipop. Dropped 10kgs over 14 days. Food deprivation made the experience multiple times harder, especially when enduring the cold. Ps: don’t take a sword to a gun fight,” Nick posted on Facebook.
Nick is currently in the Northern Territory recovering from a shoulder reconstruction following his stint on SAS: Australia. He recently shared an update from his hospital bed.
“Big thank you to my nurses especially the first shift, they don’t get enough recognition,” he wrote. “3 egg and lettuce sangas and a truckload of average chat later and I’m almost back.”
Prior to the operation, he revealed that his doctors, friends, and family members had all advised him not to take part in the series due to the risk of doing permanent damage to his shoulder.
“However, I do believe in the saying: ‘Take the risk or lose the change.’ So I had a crack at it, and I believe the growth from that was unbelievable,” he reasoned. “It outweighs any pain that you’ll feel. Pain is usually temporary, but regret lasts forever.”
He added: “I’m lining up here now to go under the knife, get a shoulder reconstruction due to the damages, wear and tear from the show. Stay tuned for the recovery.”
Early on in the show, Nick was slammed for being “too aggressive” when taking part in the challenges.
Fans were shocked to see the 33-year-old go head to head with 23-year-old AFLW player Sabrina Frederick in a brutal ‘street fight.’ While nobody forced Sabrina to go up against the former professional footballer, he didn’t hold back from punching ferociously, causing onlookers to grimace.
Later, during a violent game of murderball, Nick tackled 21-year-old swimmer Shayna Jack to the ground, which fans claimed was too rough for the 21-year-old, who appeared winded afterwards.
“Bloody hell I feel sorry for all of the people who are getting crunched by Nick Cummins. He’s a professional rugby player and he’s going in very hard, that’s gotta hurt so much,” one fan tweeted.