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Sale Sharks pair Tom & Ben Curry join exclusive Premiership Rugby club

Aviva Premiership Rugby history was made on Sunday as Sale Sharks’ Tom and Ben Curry became only the fourth set of twins to play side-by-side in the top flight.

The 18-year-olds, who earlier this year became the first twins to play for England when they appeared at the Under-18 Five Nations tournament, both featured in the Sharks’ 34-24 defeat to Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, with Tom coming off the bench in the second half.

It was a first Aviva Premiership Rugby start for Ben, who played all 80 minutes in the back row, while Tom joined him on the park just before the hour-mark.

Tom had made his debut for the Sharks last month against Bristol Rugby, scoring a try on his first appearance, while Ben made his bow last weekend in the home clash with Saracens.

The first twins to appear in the same jersey in the league were also from Sale, prop duo Andrew and Paul Smith starting together in the club’s first-ever Aviva Premiership Rugby encounter.

That came against Saracens back in August 1997, with the duo combining forces for 67 minutes in the encounter.

The next pair to manage the feat were Chris and Lee Fortey, who turned out for Worcester Warriors against Newcastle Falcons in 2006, after Chris’ switch from Gloucester Rugby the year before.

They played three games together in all between April and September of 2006.

Finally Rob and James Lewis joined forces for London Welsh for the first time in 2014, as they both came on as replacements against Gloucester Rugby.

The brothers played a further three matches when they were both on the pitch.

One more set of twins have represented Bristol Rugby, Argentine pair Felipe and Manuel Contepomi but they were not at the club at the same time.

Felipe represented Bristol from 2001 to 2003, while brother Manuel arrived a couple of years after his departure.

Aviva Premiership Rugby Twins

Andrew & Paul Smith (Sale Sharks) – 1997

Lee & Chris Fortey (Worcester Warriors) – 2006

James & Rob Lewis (London Welsh) – 2014

Ben & Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) – 2016

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