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What Ben Curry makes of twin brother Tom's latest injury setback

By PA
(Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Sale Sharks)

Ben Curry has explained that his greatest ambition in rugby is to play alongside twin brother Tom in the England back row. The Sale captain for their home Gallagher Premiership clash with Bath on Friday night, Ben has won five caps but each of them came when Tom was on British and Irish Lions duty or else injured.

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The Rugby World Cup and its programme of warm-up fixtures could have seen his dream realised only for hamstring surgery to rule him out of the tournament in France.

“The day I can’t play for England with Tom I would seriously consider my options because that is one of the biggest things that motivates me,” Ben said.

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“I have done it myself, by myself, but I want to do it with Tom. You talk about what are your goals for your career and that is something that is a goal of mine.”

The likelihood of Ben adding to his five caps in the upcoming Guinness Six Nations has increased after Tom was earlier this week ruled out for the rest of the season by hip surgery.

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The identical twins live together near the AJ Bell Stadium and Tom’s setback will result in changes at home – once help has been sought from Sale fly-half George Ford.

“When I had my injury, George knew someone who put me up in a hotel for two nights. I was in the night before and then the night after (the operation),” Ben said.

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“So the first thing I told Tom was to text George and get a hotel for two nights! You have just had surgery and you are lying in a hotel room with everyone doing stuff for you.

“On the back of that, we are going to have to change rooms. We still live together and he is on the top floor and I’m on the second floor, so we might have to change rooms.

“I’m probably going to have to do a bit of stuff to help out, unfortunately! The only bit of advice I would give to him is to take the first few weeks to recover, not just physically but mentally.

“Take it for what it is, take your time away from the game so that when you come back, you properly go after it. It’s a good opportunity to get better, bigger, stronger, faster – all of those cliches.

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“You have got five months at it, so it can make a difference to how he plays and also his longevity as well if he gets it right.”

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