Tom Curry (rugby union)

Tom Curry (born (1998-06-15)15 June 1998 in Hounslow, England) is an English rugby union player, currently playing with the Sale Sharks. He plays as a flanker.

Tom Curry
Birth nameThomas Michael Curry
Date of birth (1998-06-15) 15 June 1998 (age 21)
Place of birthHounslow, England
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight109 kg (17 st 2 lb; 240 lb)[2][3]
SchoolBishop Heber High School
Oundle School
Notable relative(s)Ben Curry
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Current team Sale Sharks
Youth career
Crewe & Nantwich RUFC
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016–
2016
Sale Sharks
Sale FC (loan)
48
5
(10)
(5)
Correct as of 19 October 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016
2017
2017–
England U18
England U20
England
8
3
19
(5)
(5)
(15)
Correct as of 19 October 2019

Club careerEdit

Played for Crewe & Nantwich in the early stages of his amateur career. Curry made his professional debut against Scarlets on 15 October 2016 in the European Champions Cup, becoming the fourth-youngest English player and youngest Sale Sharks player to have played in the competition.[4] He scored on his Aviva Premiership debut on 30 October 2016, becoming the third-youngest scorer in the competition.[5] At the end of the 2016-17 season, he was named a joint recipient of Sale Sharks' Young Player of the Season award, sharing the award with his brother Ben.[6]

International careerEdit

Curry was named in the England U20 squad for the 2016/17 season on 14 October 2016, having previously represented England U18.[7] Curry was part of the England U20 squad that won a Grand Slam in the 2017 Six Nations Under 20 Championship.

He was called up to the senior England squad by Eddie Jones for their 2017 summer tour of Argentina.[8] In his first England appearance against the Barbarians on 28 May 2017 he was named Man of the Match.[9] The match against the Barbarians was a 'non-test' fixture, so he did not receive an official cap. Curry made his first capped appearance for England at flanker in the first test against Argentina in June 2017[10]. He became the youngest player to start at flanker for England[11], and the youngest England forward since 1912.[12]

Curry was named in England's 2019 Six Nations Squad and started at No 7 in all of England's games. He scored tries in the matches against Wales and Scotland.

International triesEdit

As of 22 September 2019 [13]
Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1   Wales Cardiff, Wales Millennium Stadium 2019 Six Nations 23 February 2019 Loss 13 – 21
2   Scotland London, England Twickenham Stadium 2019 Six Nations 16 March 2019 Draw 38 – 38
3   Ireland London, England Twickenham Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup warm-up 24 August 2019 Win 57 – 15

Personal lifeEdit

Curry is the twin brother of Sale Sharks flanker Ben Curry, nephew of former England hooker John Olver and cousin of Northampton Saints fly-half Sam Olver.[14] John Olver also taught at Oundle School, where Curry was educated for sixth form (age 16-18).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.englandrugby.com/england/senior-men/squad/tom-curry
  2. ^ https://www.englandrugby.com/england/senior-men/squad/tom-curry
  3. ^ "Squad Player - Premiership Rugby - Tom Curry". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Curry becomes youngest Sharks player to play in elite European competition". web page. Sale Sharks. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Sale Sharks' Tom Curry speeds into the record books". web page. Sale Sharks. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ "2016-17 Aviva Premiership End of Season Awards". web page. ruck.co.uk. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  7. ^ "England U20 2016/17 elite player squad announced". web page. England Rugby. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  8. ^ "England v Argentina: Dylan Hartley, Joe Launchbury & George Ford in squad". BBC Sport. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  9. ^ "England vs Barbarians match report".
  10. ^ Standley, James. "England beat Argentina thanks to Denny Solomona's late try". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  11. ^ "England vs Argentina Team".
  12. ^ "England's youngest rugby players by position".
  13. ^ "Tom Curry". 7 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Meet the Curry brothers:England's terrific twins". web page. England Rugby. Retrieved 16 November 2016.