SALE Sharks' Tom Curry put in a man-of-the-match performance as England beat the Barbarians 28-14 at Twickenham last Saturday – then dedicated his display to his grandma who passed away recently.

The 18-year-old flanker was a late call-up to the England matchday squad, replacing his brother Ben on the bench.

He was then called upon earlier than expected, replacing Sam Underhill after 36 minutes to make his debut for Eddie Jones' side.

And he went on to star in a winning display.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the victory, he said: "Today has just been another step up.

"I'm really lucky to have this opportunity. The older lads, like Chris Robshaw, and even Sam Underhill, helping me through with their experience in the back row, it's been invaluable and I've tried to learn something every second off them. It's been incredible.

"It's been a pretty good transition with the blend of the older boys with the young lads.

"It's been really nice to have Ben and Nick [Isiekwe] here, but then the older lads looking over us.

"George Ford's been a great help too, introducing us to the camp, and Eddie [Jones] has just been a huge inspiration for us all.

"I want to give a massive shout out to my grandma. She's been a huge support for both me and Ben."

Coach Jones was impressed with Curry's efforts and added: "We got some really good performances from some of the young guys which was pleasing and gives them an opportunity to keep on going with their England career.

“I think the young number seven (Curry) who came on did well and Sam Underhill looked like the real deal when he was on as well so immediately we have two seven options there.”

Both of the Curry brothers, who recently signed five-year contracts with Sharks, will be looking to play their part when England face Argentina in two Test matches on June 10 and 17.