The honey badger is coming home!

Former Western Force winger Nick Cummins, with his cult following of woolly wig, head-bandaged fans, will be back for the club's Global Rapid Rugby showcase series opener against a World XV on Friday March 22 at HBF Park.

But the badger-army will have split loyalties - he will be hunting “meat pies” (tries) for the invitation side.

Cummins last played for the Force in 2015 after eight years in Super Rugby when he scored 17 tries in 87 appearances and won 15 Wallabies caps.

He became the self-appointed honey badger after watching the real thing on a documentary and is famous for his larrikin okkerisms.

“It will be so good to get home, strap on the boots and have a trot at the old stomping ground in front of the Sea of Blue," Cummins said.

"There's still a few kilometres left in these old getaway sticks and I’ll be out to bag as much meat in the corner as I can.

“I’m looking forward to having a fair crack at these new Rapid Rugby rules.

"There won’t be any complaints from us backs that’s for sure, the more running rugby the better.

"That’s what we all love and that’s what Rapid Rugby is all about. I can’t wait to get on the charge.

“I’ve been keeping in shape but maybe someone get an ambo on standby just in case.”

Cummins left for Coca Cola Red Sparks in 2014 when Rugby Australia refused to top up his Wallabies contract so he could financially help his family after his father was diagnosed with cancer. Two of his younger siblings have cystic fibrosis.

He returned for a final year with the Force before heading back to Japan.

After he hung up his boots Cummins moved into television where he was the controversial star of the Bachelor when he refused to choose a final partner. He has appeared in a number of television commercials and in series of National Geographic documentaries promoting Australia.

Cummins will team up with another former Force favourite, winger Digby Ioane, in a line-up studded with big names and World Cup and Super Rugby winners like former All Blacks and Crusaders players, Andy Ellis, Wyatt Crockett and Corey Flynn, and the Chiefs' Fijian flyer Asaeli Tikoirotuma.

Ioane made 20 appearances for the Force in the club's first two seasons and played 35 Tests for Australia. He also made 66 appearances for the Queensland Reds, had a season with the Crusaders and stints in Japan and France.

He is one of five Super Rugby title winners in the World XV squad put together by former Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

Tikoirotuma is one of only 14 players to have scored four tries in a single game in Super Rugby's 24-year history, in his rookie season with the Chiefs in 2012. He has played 24 Tests for Fiji and is aiming for this year's World Cup.

Full-back Gio Aplon, with 17 Springboks caps, and 50-Test Argentinian loose forward Leonardo Senatore will bring their experience.

Australia will also be represented by young forwards Tom Moloney, Jack Cornelsen and Michael Oakman-Hunt, and midfield back Dylan Riley.

Cornelsen is the son of former Wallaby Greg Cornelsen, who famously scored four tries for Australia in 1978 in the 30-16 Bledisloe Cup win over New Zealand.

Deans is confident his side, that has just four days together in Perth, will adapt to the new GRR laws that are designed to speed up the game.

“We have achieved wins off similar time frames in terms of preparation and the players we have selected for this game won’t lack for motivation,” Deans said.

“In a few short years, this team has built up an outstanding history, to the extent that many who have played, have said afterwards that the experience ranked up there with the most enjoyable of their careers.

“There could not be a more appropriate opponent for the Force to open the showcase series against.”

The World XV is run by Steve Berrick the promoter behind the famous Barbarians rugby club. The side is selected, like the Baa Baas, from promising up-and-comers, established stars and veteran internationals.

Tickets for the game go on sale at the Western Force on Monday.