Tom Curry became the youngest player to start an international for England in 90 years when he made his senior bow in Argentina on the 2017 summer tour.
Considering only the great Jonny Wilkinson has been a younger debutant for England – Wilkinson came off the bench back in 1998 against Ireland aged 18 years and 314 days – Tom is clearly in fine company.
The Sale Sharks flanker – along with his twin brother Ben – burst onto the international scene in double quick time.
A former winner of the Trevor Watton Cup as the England U16 Player of the Year, in 2016 Tom caught the eye for the England U18 side, claiming the BMW Man of the Match against Scotland.
A year later and he was crossing for a try on debut for the U20s in February 2017 against France in Exeter.
By the end of his breakthrough season for the Sharks however, Tom was on the full international radar and made his Twickenham bow in an uncapped game against the Barbarians in May 2017.
Tom became the Old Mutual Wealth Man of the Match against the BaaBaas after an unusual set of circumstances brought him on to the bench at short notice.
Ben, his brother, had withdrawn because of a back spasm, and Tom, who had appeared nine times in the Premiership and scored one try, took his place.
The following month Tom appeared in the first Test against Argentina at San Juan five days before his 19th birthday and turned in a rousing performance.
He was due to be on the bench for the Argentina match in the opening Old Mutual Wealth Series in November of 2017 but withdrew two days before the game after dislocating a small bone in his left wrist.
Injuries limited his game time for Sale in the 2017/18 season but he returned to form and fitness in time to earn selection for Eddie Jones’ touring party to South Africa for the 2018 summer tour.
A year on from his debut in Argentina, Curry started all three matches in South Africa as England lost the series 2-1.
Ben did not make that touring squad but the siblings have long been inseparable, stretching back to their time in the Bishop Heber High School in Cheshire.
There they won the All England U16 Sevens tournament and became the first state school to lift the title for 27 years.
They both then studied at Oundle School – where the master in charge of rugby was their uncle and former England international John Olver and graduated from the Sharks academy to the professional ranks at the same time.
2017 Arg (1R) 2018 SA (1,2,3)
5 points – 1T
2017 F, W, I
5 points – 1T
2016 F, S, W, I, W SA Tour: F, SA 'A' (R), SA
Last updated: 28 June 2018