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British and Irish Lions: Tom Curry relishes back-row mix

Curry has develop into a mainstay of the England staff since breaking by on a summer season tour of South Africa in 2018
Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg Date: Wednesday, 7 July Kick-off: 18:00 BST
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Tom Curry says he’ll relish the possibility to play with fellow Englishman Sam Simmonds and Wales’ Josh Navidi within the British and Irish Lions again row.

All three will make first begins of the South Africa tour in opposition to the Cell C Sharks in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

“Taking part in with these two goes to be actually thrilling,” mentioned Curry.

“With Sam, particularly in assault, and Navidi across the breakdown and defensively, I believe it’s a actually thrilling mixture.”

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Curry has been out of the competition for the wins over Japan and the Sigma Lions within the first two matches after injuring a chest muscle lifting weights within the gymnasium.

In his absence, Hamish Watson gained the person of the match award taking part in in Curry’s regular openside flanker function in opposition to the Sigma Lions.

Nevertheless, Curry says competitors will solely convey the staff nearer to their collective purpose of a Check sequence win over the world champion Springboks.

“Everyone seems to be mentioning choice as if it’s a damaging factor for the gamers, however it isn’t,” he added.

Curry revealed Josh Navidi, who DJs in his spare time, had been instructing him put collectively a dancefloor-filling combine

“It was good to see Tadhg [Beirne] go properly, to see Courtney [Lawes] and Hamish go properly – it means we’re doing one thing proper as a bunch.

“Everybody who has performed has performed properly and that competitors is a good factor about this aspect. I am unable to await my likelihood to get caught in.”

Alternatives to impress head coach Warren Gatland and his workers could develop into even fewer with an outbreak of Covid leading to Saturday’s fixture in opposition to Bulls being referred to as off. It was one in all solely 5 matches in South Africa earlier than the three-Check sequence.

Curry says there’s loads of proof to assist Gatland choose his Check aspect even when any of the warm-up video games are cancelled.

“Choice has been happening for 4 years I assume now, so one or two video games…I assume…however it’s the identical for everybody, it’s all about taking your second and what you’re doing in coaching,” he added.

“It’s the identical for each single participant.”

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