Dy­namic Sharks duo tipped for Pumas tour

The Rugby Paper - - News - ■ By JON NEWCOMBE

SALE young guns Ben and Tom Curry are on course to be­come the youngest forwards to play a Test for Eng­land in the post-War era ac­cord­ing to team­mate Dave Sey­mour.

The Curry twins were stand­out per­form­ers in Eng­land’s U20 Grand Slam suc­cess, as was cap­tain Zach Mercer, and higher hon­ours ap­pear to be just around the cor­ner for all three of the back row.

If selected to tour this sum­mer by Ed­die Jones, the duo will cel­e­brate their 19th birth­days in Ar­gentina. Northampton flanker Brian West was 19 years and 227 days when he made his de­but against Wales at Twick­en­ham in 1968.

Flanker Sey­mour said: “I’d imag­ine Ed­die has his eye on them. They have been dom­i­nat­ing their age group in the Six Na­tions and there are ru­mours they’ll be in­volved in a tour in the sum­mer. If they are, it wouldn’t sur­prise me.

“You wouldn’t know by watch­ing them that they have only played about 15 first-team games each. They are both fast, have a great skill set and are large for their age group – phys­i­cally, they are there 100 per cent and that’s very im­pres­sive at 18.

“Some young­sters come on the scene and do re­ally well and then their hunger wanes a bit but I don’t think that’ll hap­pen with these two, they are al­ways look­ing to do ex­tras.

“You can’t go far wrong learn­ing from Richard Hill, who I played with at Saracens and is one of the smartest back rows there’s ever been. He was a men­tor to them last year, and I think that’s why they have de­vel­oped so quickly.”

Sey­mour, now in his 13th year as a pro­fes­sional, has played over 200 Premier­ship games and has one more year of his con­tract at Sale to run.

With a new start-up busi­ness to run, Crouch, Grind, Cof­fee, the 32-year-old is pre­par­ing for life af­ter rugby, but he is en­joy­ing see­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of play­ers com­ing through.

“It is great for the club to get those two (the Cur­rys) signed up for five years, they are go­ing to move up the ranks pretty quickly.

“We’ve also got the likes of Will Ad­di­son, Sam James, Josh Beau­mont, Mike Haley and Cam Neild, who are all still young but have built up a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, while Ross Har­ri­son re­cently played his 150th game which is a crazy mile­stone for a prop of 24.

“With those lads stay­ing to­gether for some time, you’d hope that some suc­cess will come out of it.”

Sey­mour, how­ever, has no in­ten­tion of be­ing an idle by­stander and giv­ing the Cur­rys an easy ride into the side at his ex­pense.

“I’ll be try­ing to trip them up when we do fit­ness train­ing to make sure I am out in front,” he joked.

“I’ve still got another year and it is great to be a part of the club right now with all these young­sters com­ing through and ev­ery­one push­ing each other for their place in the side.

“When you’ve got 18 year olds like the Cur­rys push­ing us older guys it’s good for the big­ger pic­ture.

“What we all want is for Sale to climb up that ta­ble and get into semi-fi­nals.”

Fast-track: Ben and Tom Curry

Big fan: Dave Sey­mour

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