Snack Media will be spending the next six months in the run-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup taking you through the tournament, the teams and even the terms of one of the world’s most popular sports. Our eighth blog looks at England’s Tom Curry.
Since the last World Cup, a number of England players have established themselves as some of the best players in the world in their position. Names that immediately spring to mind are Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers, Mako and Billy.
But in the past year, another player has not only emerged as a key player for England, but could be pivotal in their World Cup campaign, and that is Tom Curry.
The flanker made his debut for England in 2017 against Argentina as an 18-year-old, becoming England’s youngest forward to start a match for over 100 years.
However, it was only this Six Nations that he announced himself for Eddie Jones’ team.
England have been searching for an open-side flanker for years, and Curry may have proved he is the answer. He is tireless in defence and very useful at the breakdown, and was rightfully a nominee for Player of the Six Nations.
The 21-year-old could have an immense World Cup, and could prove to be the decisive figure that England have lacked over the past decade.
It is promising that he not only has a twin brother, Ben, who is on the periphery of the England team and plays for the Sale Sharks with Tom, but at his age, he could be a force at many World Cups to come.