Ben is on for a twin date…at the Rugby World Cup Final

By Peter Trollope at

 

Sale Sharks are sending flanker Ben Curry to join his twin Tom in Japan thanks to Twitter

Tom Curry will have a special VIP cheering him on in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against South Africa –  his twin brother Ben.

Identical twin Ben was due to play for Sale Sharks against Bristol on Friday – but now he will be in the sell-out crowd in Yokohama.

Both brothers play for Sale Sharks, but Ben didn’t make the England squad.

But, following a social media campaign #GetBenToJapan, Sale Sharks have given him a few days off to fly out in support of Tom, who rapidly emerging as England’s player of the tournament.

Sale said it was a “once in a lifetime experience” for the 21-year-old.

Ben, also a flanker, has been capped for England at Under-20 level, and was called up to the senior squad for the tour to Argentina in 2017, but did not make an appearance.

He told the BBC’s Radio5 Live Drive programme:”I never dreamed this would happen. Our Mum and Dad are out there, but I was due to play a match on Friday for Sale Sharks, so there was no way I could make it out there. The club have been fantastic and I really want to thank all the people involved in the #GetBenToJapan campaign for making this possible. It is a fantastic privilege to be out there and seeing Tom.”

Tom was presented with the Player of the Match trophy after his fantastic showing in the All Blacks defeat on Saturday.