Tom Curry paid tribute to his Sale Sharks mentors as he was named Land Rover Discovery of the Season at Wednesday evening’s star-studded awards ceremony.
The 20-year-old has become a senior leader for Sale Sharks this campaign, his work rate in defence and at the breakdown earning him several plaudits.
Curry has also shone on the international stage of late, all of which made him a worthy recipient of the award for which he acknowledged his teammates have played a big part in.
“It’s a credit to the lads you surround yourself with,” Curry said. “From a personal point of view I’ve got my brother who I can speak to a lot and we influence each other about how we think.
“From a mentoring view we’re very lucky to have someone like Jono Ross, in terms of our position, and then leaders we’ve got Faf de Klerk, Rob Webber and Chris Ashton, who can really talk tactics.
“How they think has been instrumental this season in terms of developing my own mindset in terms of being a more senior player.
“At Sale we’re really going places and we’re confident in terms of developing next year with the talent we’re bringing in, and developing the talent we’ve already got.”
ICYMI | @premrugby Awards 2018-19 🏆
Congratulations to @DennySolomona for finishing the 2018-19 Season as joint top try scorer, alongside @c_reinach. And to @TomCurry98, who was named the @LandRover_UK Discovery of the Season! 👏 #PremRugbyAwards pic.twitter.com/jQVr71lREH
— Sale Sharks🦈 (@SaleSharksRugby) May 23, 2019
Land Rover ambassador David Flatman highlighted the young flanker’s consistency throughout the 2018-19 campaign for Sale, whilst heralding Curry’s impact on the international stage.
“Tom Curry was picked as the winner as he has performed brilliantly for Sale Sharks repeatedly, he’s done it many times this season in a Sale team that wasn’t able to achieve dominance,” Flatman said.
“He’s played well with his team on the front foot and the back foot, plus he’s done it for England. People roll this comment out all the time, so it loses its impact, but he’s a world-class player.”
Curry wasn’t himself wasn’t the only Sale man in the running for a prize at Wednesday evening’s Premiership Rugby Awards, presented by Gallagher, with Denny Solomona dotting down 12 times during the campaign and sharing the Follador Top Try Scorer award with Northampton Saints’ Cobus Reinach.
The duo went into the last day of the season in a three-way tie on 11 tries – along with Jonny May – but added to their tallies, while Joe Marchant also scored for Harlequins to finish one behind.
After picking up the award, Solomona said: “It’s a thrill that I’m doing my job. Your props get a thrill off getting a penalty from a scrum and I get a thrill of making sure I score a try and finishing off opportunities my teammates give me.
“It’s a great achievement but I feel a top try scorer award is a credit to the team. Without my teammates, the 22 other guys that have taken the field with me, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to win this accolade and to be at a great night tonight.”