Tom Curry’s club Sale Sharks ‘absolutely appalled by disgusting abuse’ aimed at England flanker

Colin Newboult
Tom Curry in England training during the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Tom Curry in England training during the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Sale Sharks have come out in support of their flanker, Tom Curry, who has been subjected to online abuse in the wake of the racism storm.

The back-rower accused South Africa hooker Bongi Mbonambi of calling him a “white c**t” during their clash last weekend.

In the 23rd minute of the Rugby World Cup semi-final, Curry could be heard over the ref mic asking match official Ben O’Keeffe: “Sir, Sir, if their hooker calls me a white c**t what do I do?”

World Rugby’s investigation

The England openside did not want to be drawn on it after the game, but World Rugby have since opened an investigation into the matter after the Rugby Football Union lodged a complaint.

Curry has not said anything about it other than referring the alleged incident to O’Keeffe, while the outcome of the governing body’s ‘formal review’ has not yet been revealed.

However, South African fans have targeted the flanker online, which has compelled his club side, Sale, to release a statement in support of Curry.

“Sale Sharks’ owners, players, coaches and staff are absolutely appalled by the nature and level of disgusting abuse directed at Tom Curry and his family in relation to an incident in the England v South Africa World Cup semi-final,” it read.

“Everyone at the club stands fully and proudly behind Tom and we look forward to welcoming him back to Carrington.”

England squad rallying around Curry

On Tuesday, coach Richard Wigglesworth insisted that the England squad and management are doing all they can to support Curry.

“Tom is good. I know players will have got around him. Steve and the management team have been all over it. I’m sure he’s getting every bit of support that he needs,” Wigglesworth said.

“I’m not sure you can ever put yourself in those shoes and know that feeling. What I do know is he’s an impressive young man who, if selected on Friday, will pour everything into that England shirt as he has done on the previous 49 occasions.

“It will be dealt with by World Rugby. We get stuck into our prep for Argentina. The process is the process, and we have no knowledge of how long that will go on for or the outcome, but we have to get ready for Argentina.”

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