England hopeful Ben Curry will miss the 2021 Six Nations after suffering a shoulder injury as his wait for an elusive first cap goes on.
Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said: “Ben was hurt in the last play of the game at Newcastle and has been scanned.
“We are waiting for the surgeon to assess it and we are not too optimistic at this moment in time.
The flanker was first called up in 2017 before suffering an injury, which led to brother Tom, who has since won 24 caps, replacing him.
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He was then heavily tipped for a call-up prior to the 2020 Six Nations with some reports suggesting Eddie Jones might deploy the back-rower at scrum-half.
Discussing his England snub to date, Curry said: “As soon as you start feeling sorry for yourself if you’re not in (the England team), then that’s when you can start getting into a difficult situation.
“I am just trying to keep constantly improving and if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen and if it does happen, it does happen.
“If you go into that mindset of ‘I can’t do anything else’, you are taking the power out of your own hands.”
Top 4 pairs of active twins in Rugby Union
1. Ben & Tom Curry
Since making their debuts in October and November 2016, the Curry twins, at only 20, have made a real impact in the Sale Shark world. Tom has since established himself as an England regular while Ben has continued to impress for the England U20s.