TOM & BEN CURRY, SALE SHARKS PAIR JOIN EXCLUSIVE PREMIERSHIP RUGBY CLUB
Sales Sharks’ pair, Tom and Ben Curry, made Aviv Premiership Rugby history last Sunday when they became the fourth pair of twins to play side by side up in the top flight.
The duo, who are 18 year olds, had earlier in the year, become the first set of twins to play for England when they featured in games at the Under-18 Nations tournament.
The pair were in the Sharks game where they were defeated 34-24 by Wasps at the Ricoh Arena. Tom had come off the bench to join the game in the second half of the game.
Ben started the game, which was his first Aviva Premiership start, and went on to play all 80 minutes at the back row. Tom however joined him just before the hour mark at the park.
For Tom, his first debut for the Sharks, had come last month in the game against Bristol Rugby, where he went on to score a try at his first appearance. Ben, on the other hand, made his bow in the home clash with Saracens just last weekend.
In the league, the first set of twins to appear in the same jersey had also been from Sale, Paul and Andrew Smith, who had started together in Sale’s first ever encounter in the Aviva Premiership Rugby.
That was back in August 1997, a game against Saracens which saw the pair combine forces for about 67 minutes of the encounter.
This feat was again seen in Worcester Warrior, were Chris and Lee Fortey had turned out in the game against Newcastle Falcons, back in 2006, coming after Chris had made a switch from Gloucester Rugby a year before.
Next came Rob and James Lewis in 2014, joining forces for London Welsh, having come in as replacements in the game against Gloucester Rugby.