Having spent time away with the England under-20s set up, Tom Curry has said he is reaping the benefits of playing international rugby.
Curry featured in England’s two opening wins in the age-grade Six Nations tournament, before returning to Sale and being replaced by his twin brother Ben.
But being back at Sale, and having signed a new deal that keeps him and his brother at the club until 2022, Tom Curry is loving his season so far.
“It’s really nice to play with different players, different styles and different coaches because it helps to improve your play overall,” said the 18-year-old.
“It’s good working with new coaches because you can get different perspectives to the ones you get from your usual coaches. Getting a new angle on things means you can bring it in to your game with the club and that’s really beneficial.”
Curry scored on his under-20s debut in the tournament opener against France, which England won 59-17, before also playing a key role in their 37-21 win over Wales.
In his absence, Sale Sharks extended their own winning run to five games, which Curry said made the transition much easier.
“It’s nice to come back into a winning mentality, especially when we’ve been winning with England. It makes the adaptation much easier,” he explained.
He then went on to feature in the Sharks’ away loss to Saracens, but he’s keen for his side to take the positives from that game into Friday’s encounter with Northampton Saints.
Director of Rugby Steve Diamond has labelled the upcoming fixture as a “must win game” if Sale are to keep in touch with the teams above them – a sentiment that Curry is inclined to agree with.
“Our group is good at bouncing back and learning from our mistakes, taking what we want from the game into the following one,” said the young flanker.
“The experience that the senior lads and Steve Diamond have is really helping us. What we learnt from that losing streak is that everyone is able to stay positive, and that helps us get going in the right direction again.
“We have to focus on our basics on Friday, carry strong and get our defensive structure right. We need to treat it like every other game by focussing on ourselves and doing our own thing right. This week is huge for us.”
This article was written for the Sale Sharks website, and the original post can be viewed here. Photo credit; Roger Evans