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Nick Cummins returns to the Western Force, eligible for Australia's Rugby World Cup squad

Popular winger Nick Cummins will be eligible for Australia's Rugby World Cup squad after gaining a release from Japan's Coca Cola Red Sparks.

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Cummins, who only joined the Red Sparks in July, will rejoin the Western Force for the 2015 Super Rugby season, ensuring he will be available for selection when Michael Cheika picks his squad for the World Cup in England, which will be held in September and October.

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) announced Cummins will play Super Rugby from February to June before returning to Japan for the 2015-16 Japanese Top League season, which begins in August.

Under new ARU rules, the move will make Cummins eligible for international selection.

Players based exclusively abroad are not allowed to play for the Wallabies.

Cummins left Perth in order to provide for his family - the 27-year-old is one of eight siblings, two of whom have cystic fibrosis, while his single parent father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

But the man known as the 'Honey Badger' cannot wait to return to his homeland.

"In November I was given an opportunity to play for the Barbarians," Cummins said in a statement on the ARU's website.

"Walking off the field after the match at Twickenham was a surreal experience, knowing I had just played against my country. It definitely lit a fire within and had me thinking about what could have been.

"But I heard a bloke say at the end of the Super Rugby season that he hadn't heard no fat lady sing.

"I'm stoked to be back on the burst and returning to Australian rugby in 2015.

"Thanks to the Western Force and more importantly the Coca-Cola Red Sparks in Japan for making my return back to Australia possible.

"Gonna be a huge year. Can't wait to get amongst it."

Cummins has played 15 Tests for Australia, scoring six tries.

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