Hip puts Curry on crutches


England’s Tom Curry must soon undergo hip surgery and his rehabilitation work means that he will have to follow the Rose’s Six Nations campaign from the sidelines.

This is not the first injury setback for the 25-year-old loose forward.

The Sale Sharks star missed this year’s Six Nations tournament with a sore hamstring, while an ankle ligament injury cut short his run-up to the World Cup tournament in France.

Although Curry will most likely also miss the rest of the Gallagher Premier League season, Alex Sanderson believes that an operation is the best way out for the player.

“I realize that it sounds like a long-term story – the rest of the season – but it’s not. Tom is still a young man and this is the best decision to ensure that he will be more robust from now on and at the same time develop his game in a sustainable way,” said the Sharks’ director of rugby.

According to Sanderson, he will walk the road with Curry to ensure that he is firing on all pistons again soon.

The England player earlier grabbed the headlines when he accused South Africa’s Bongi Mbonambi of racist remarks in the World Cup quarter-final.

However, World Rugby later confirmed that there was insufficient evidence against the Springbok and that it considered the matter closed.

“After considering all the available evidence, including match footage, audio and evidence from both teams, the governing body has determined that at this stage there is insufficient evidence to proceed with charges.

“Therefore, the matter is considered closed, unless additional evidence comes to light,” World Rugby said in a statement at the time.