Sale Sharks flanker Ben Curry has thanked everyone that was part of the effort to get him to Japan to watch his twin brother Tom play in the World Cup final next Saturday.
After England secured a place in the final in Yokohama by beating the All Blacks last Saturday, a social media campaign #GetBenToJapan emerged.
It culminated with Ben asking Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond whether he could miss Friday’s Gallagher Premiership trip to Ashton Gate to face the Bristol Bears.
The 21-year-old was granted permission and is on his way to Japan. He said on Twitter: “Thank you to all the Sale fans who have been doing their part on social media! Rugby is more than a sport.”
Even with the Curry brothers and loan-signing Mark Wilson unavailable for Sale this weekend, Diamond still has a lot of quality in his back row with Jono Ross and the du Preez brothers, Dan and Jean-Luc.
Thankyou everyone involved in making this happen.Firstly @SaleSharksRugby for their support and I want to express my gratitude towards dimes, Simon and ged!thank you to all the sale fans who have been doing their part on social media! Rugby is more than a sport #GetBenToJapan
— Ben Curry (@BenCurry98) October 28, 2019
Meanwhile, Tom is having a barnstorming tournament and is one of the ‘Kamikaze Kids’ alongside Sam Underhill, a name given to the flankers by Eddie Jones.
They were both sensational in the semi-final win against the All Blacks, with Tom proving to be a nuisance at the breakdown and Underhill relentless in defence.
And it’s all because of a social media campaign to #GetBenToJapan ??
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) October 28, 2019
After such a dominant display to dethrone the reigning champions, England now enter the final as favourites against the Springboks, although it will be another almighty test.
Given the circumstances, it is understandable that Ben wants to be in Yokohama to cheer on his brother.
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