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Sale Sharks lock down homegrown talent Curry

By Alex Shaw
Ben Curry of Sale Sharks during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks at Welford Road Stadium. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

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Fresh on the heels of announcing Jono Ross’ three-year extension at the club, Sale Sharks have made the move to lock up another key part of their back row.

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The club have been proactive over the last couple of years in signing homegrown players to long-term deals in order to fend off interest from other Gallagher Premiership clubs, and they have done so once again.

The latest player to commit their future to the club from the north-west is Ben Curry (RPI – 68), with the gifted openside flanker signing a new contract that will ensure he stays with Sale until at least 2023.

Curry turns 21 in June, but already has a wealth of Premiership and international age-grade experience under his belt, as he captained the England U20 side in the World Rugby U20 Championship last summer, whilst his twin brother, Tom, represented the senior England side in South Africa.

Speaking upon signing his new deal, Curry had the following to say.

“We have a great group of lads here, and there’s a very positive environment at the club. We’re making good signings, and I’m excited to be part of the future at Sale Sharks.”

Director of Rugby Steve Diamond was equally happy with the news, adding “Ben is a fantastic player and I have no doubt he will continue to get even better and fulfil his ambition of becoming an England international.”

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“He is a brilliant product of our academy and at 20 years of age is already a member of our senior player group. We are lucky to have him at the club.”

In previous years, Sale have lost many of the players they have developed to clubs with more realistic shots at trophies or clubs which tend to receive more recognition from England, but Curry’s re-signing is the latest in a growing line of homegrown players willing to commit their future to the club and trying to bring the good times back to the AJ Bell Stadium.

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