Ben Curry and brother Tom are identical twins in more than name – the Sale Sharks pair were part of the same England U18 squad in 2017 and their rise through the ranks of English rugby continues.
Ben announced himself when he won successive man of the match awards in his first two games at England U20 level against Italy and Scotland in 2017.
After helping the U20s to Grand Slam glory, the flanker was selected to travel on the senior tour of Argentina in June 2017 but was not capped.
Having played a key role in Sale’s 2017/18 Premiership season, he was appointed captain of Steve Bates’ side for the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship.
Ben skipped England all the way to the final in France, extending a run of five straight final appearance for the U20s in the competition.
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.
He started at fly half with brother Tom at centre and stayed there until he was 14 before moving to flanker.
Family interest first got him involved in the game. His dad David, a prop, played for England Schools and Students, Rosslyn Park and Wasps.
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.
5 points – 1T
2017: It, S, I, 2018: World Championship - A, It, SA, F
2016 S(R), I, S SA Tour: SA 'A', SA (R)
Last updated: 19 June 2018