Cummins likes look of new teammates
Western Force winger Nick Cummins at training yesterday. Pic: Lincoln Baker/WA News

Western Force winger Nick Cummins intends to lift his try-scoring strike rate in this year's Super Rugby season.

The mop-haired speedster has scored only nine tries in 53 games over five seasons.

Last year was particularly frustrating, with the Force midfield struggling to create opportunities for the outside backs.

Cummins has proved he can find his way to the try line, scoring two tries against England and Italy in four appearances for the Wallabies last year.

He will be part of a new-look Force back line this season, with several signings of unknown quantity, and is hoping they can give him five-point opportunities.

The 25-year-old, who returned to training yesterday after a break following Wallabies duties, admits he is trying to come to grips with some of the new names.

"I was excited to come back," Cummins said. "There are a whole lot of new faces. I'm still trying to remember most of the names.

"They look sharp and the new preparation has come along well.

"A few of the drills they have been doing I saw fast ball out to the wing. That's a winger's dream - to get that fast, clean ball.

"When it slows down in the midfield, the defence is up on you and you've got nowhere to go.

"It gets frustrating when you're out there on the wing and you can see the space, but it looks like we'll be using the space a bit more."

However, Cummins has no guarantee that he will be wearing his favourite No.14 jumper.

Previous coaches John Mitchell and Richard Graham had earmarked him as an outside centre and last year he filled that role in six of his 14 games.

He said Michael Foley had not given him any hints where he would be playing under the new regime, saying the coach was playing him a "mystery card".

"He hasn't given me any leads. I think he's trying to show me that I've got to have a good crack," Cummins said.

"I don't mind hanging round on the wing, but if I have to go into the centres I'm happy to try new things as well.

"I had that little bit at centre, but I'm getting a bit older now so wouldn't mind trying a few new things. There's no guarantees on positions. You always want more out of yourself."

·The Force are expected to today announce former ACT Brumbies general manager and ex- English premiership club Saracens chief executive Mark Sinderberry as their new chief executive.

In his time at the Brumbies, Sinderberry was seen as a powerbroker in rugby and charted the rise of the ACT side. He left the Brumbies in 2003 after eight years and spent six years at Saracens.

The West Australian

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