Identical twins in the same representative squad are rare but Ben Curry and brother Tom were both new to the England U18 squad last year. Ben studied for A-levels in maths, chemistry and geography at Oundle School. Hounslow born, he previously attended The Blue School in Isleworth, Winstaston Church Lane School in Cheshire and Bishop Heber High School, Malpas.
In May 2015, along with brother, he signed a two-year contract at the Sale Sharks Senior Academy, a distant target from his origins with Grasshoppers RFC in Isleworth when he first picked up a ball at the age of four. A move to Cheshire a year later began a ten-year connection with the Crewe & Nantwich club.
Family interest first got him involved in the game. His dad David, a prop, played for England Schools and Students, Rosslyn Park and Wasps. As his head teacher and coach, he introduced him to the game. His uncle John Olver won three caps as a hooker for England and is master in charge of rugby at Oundle. Cousin Sam Olver plays at fly half for Northampton Saints after representing England U18 and being a member of the U20 World Rugby Championship winning squad.
His Premiership debut was against Saracens last November and by late February he had made six appearances. He won successive man of the match awards in his first two games at England U20 level against Italy and Scotland in February and March this year. He was a try-scorer from a driving maul against Italy in Darlington and then made 11 carries and 17 tackles in the Scotland game at Northampton.
Outside rugby, he would like to study pharmacy or maths at university and in his own words, see where that takes me. He said: “Dan Braid, the Sale Sharks captain, gave me a great insight into the professional environment and helped enormously with the specific parts of my game.”
He started at fly half with brother Tom at centre and stayed there until he was 14 before moving to flanker. David Pocock is the player he admires most. Ben added: “He has become the best back row forward in the world through sheer hard work despite his injuries. He seems like a genuinely good guy with his recent work off the field.
5 points – 1T
2017: It, S, I
2016 S(R), I, S SA Tour: SA 'A', SA (R)
Last updated: 30 March 2017