Rugby union player Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins has officially been announced as the new Bachelor.
In a Tweet uploaded on Wednesday Channel Ten FINALLY confirmed the chisel-chested sportsman would be fronting the popular dating series in 2018, after weeks of speculation.
Hunky larrikin Nick, 30, looked suave in his first promotional shot for the show, wearing a white button-up shirt as he held a rose in his hands.
The Bachelor account shared: ‘Say hello to our new Bachelor, Nick Cummins’, next to the photo of the curly-haired lothario.
Nick will be looking for love in the Bachelor mansion, as more than 20 women compete for his attention and affection.
The announcement by The Bachelor account came minutes after Ten’s The Project broke the news on social.
The news show revealed: ‘You heard that right, we can confirm that your 2018 #TheBachelorAU is @nckcmmns!’
They promoted an official chat with the new Bachelor on Thursday’s show: ‘Catch the first interview with #TheBadgerlor tomorrow night on #TheProjectTV!’
First reported in The Sunday Telegraph, it claimed the handsome athlete beat out rumoured favourites Cam Cranley and Jason Dundas for the plum role, which was last filled by Matthew ‘Matty J’ Johnson.
The sports star, who has played in the rugby sevens and for the Wallabies, was thought to be out of the running for the TV role, due to his five-year romance with Norwegian artist Martine Thomassen.
However, it has since been reported the pair are understood to have ended their relationship, which has led the way for elite athlete to be signed to the top-rated Channel Ten show.
Daily Mail Australia had reached out to both Nick and Network Ten for a response to the story at the time.
Fans of the show might remember muscular Nick being in a comedic Zoolander-type Oakley commercial with Matty J in January ahead of the Winter Olympics – with the pair known to be friends.
Despite not achieving mainstream fame yet, hunky Nick has served as Tourism Australia ambassador and has been on the face of Tradie Underwear & Workwear and Beef Australia.
This isn’t the first time the muscular elite athlete’s name has been thrown around as a possible Bachelor contender – with Bachelor producers rumoured to have set their sights on him earlier this year.
‘Viewers loved Sophie’s authenticity and the fact that she was so down to earth. Ten felt they might be able to replicate that with Nick,’ the source for Network Ten reportedly said.
With Port Macquarie-born Nick’s down-to-earth charm, producers are hoping to replicate the success they found with Bachelorette Sophie Monk, who connected well with audiences.
The hunky 30-year-old, known for his broad Australian accent and his trademark sense of humour, is known to be earthy and outdoorsy, often posting snaps of himself to Instagram being adventurous.
Prior to this announcement, popular LA-based presenter Jason , 35, was also rumoured to be in contention for the role, along with Perth firefighter Cameron Cranley.
Jason, 35, was crowned Cleo’s Bachelor of the Year back in 2008, and is believed to be single.
Meanwhile, previous Bachelor Matty J told Now To Love that his money was on handsome Cam Cranley for being selected to follow in his footsteps.
‘I’m thinking surely by now they’ve got the person locked in. If I had to put money on someone it would be Cam Cranley from my season,’ the Bondi-based former Bachelor said.