Sale Sharks gift - Ben and Tom Curry (back row) at Crewe and Nantwich Rugby Club

The coffers of Crewe and Nantwich RUFC have been boosted by £10,000 thanks to the hottest Currys in town!

The Vagrants club received the cash from Sale Sharks after honing the talents of England and Sale Sharks starlets Ben and Tom Curry.

It is part of Sale’s commitment to supporting grass roots clubs and was triggered after Tom was capped for England last year.

And the Curry brothers dropped in on the Cheshire club during a recent training session at Reaseheath College in Nantwich to hand over the funds.

The twins grew up playing at Crewe and Nantwich RUFC and, at the age of just 19, both have appeared in Eddie Jones’ England squad and played more than 20 Premiership games each for Sharks.

When Tom finally pulled on the famous Red Rose jersey against Argentina, it triggered a donation of £10,000 as part of Sharks’ 100 Club initiative.

At Crewe and Nantwich, the money has helped pay for a tailor-made coaching programme for its Mini & Junior section, which has seen around 120 young players coached according to the Sharks philosophy.

Sale Sharks - Ben and Tom Curry, former Crewe & Nantwich RUFC twin starsCommunity coach Jack Leech has led the project for Sharks.

He said: “It’s fantastic to be able to celebrate the success of the Curry brothers here at Crewe and Nantwich.

“But more importantly, it’s great to see how the money they’ve received through the 100 Club is being put to good use and is really making an impact on the future of the club.

“There are some incredibly talented young players and coaches here and to be able to support them through their rugby journey – and get a glimpse of the next generation of Sharks talent – is brilliant.”

Throughout February and March, the club received six coaching sessions, delivered by Sharks Community Trust coaches, the RFU’s Developing Player Programme and Julian Gilding of England Rugby.

As part of the sessions, there was a focus on coach development, and Mini and Junior coaches were encouraged to observe, ask questions and chip in, while the Sharks coaches delivered sessions on the principles of play.

Mini and Junior Section chairman Nicola Joyce was instrumental in the project and believes the future is even brighter.

She said: “The feedback from both players and coaches has been overwhelmingly positive and there’s been an incredible appetite to develop the M&J section of the club.

“Throughout the sessions, our players and coaches are soaking up information and then putting this into practice at the weekend; something that can only benefit the club in the future, and who knows, we may find the next Tom or Ben Curry.”

To find out more about coaching development opportunities with the Sharks, contact Sharks’ Rugby Development Officer Darren Lamon on [email protected]

(Pic: Ben and Tom Curry with Crewe and Nantwich RUFC mini and junior players and coaches)

Ben and Tom Curry (back row) at Crewe and Nantwich Rugby Club

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