Sasha Acheson could make her international debut tomorrow when England take on France at Twickenham Stadium (5.05pm).
The Bristol Ladies maestro, from Lawshall, has been given the opportunity to impress before next year’s World Cup with games in the Autumn International Series against France and Canada, a chance she claims she will ‘grab with both hands’.
Ex-Sudbury Ladies player Acheson, 22, who has been named as a replacement in head coach Gary Street’s squad for tomorrow’s game, is the only uncapped player in the squad after a series of impressive displays in the Premiership this season, a clear sign that Street sees potential in the former Saracens and London South East player.
When asked about the latest addition to his squad, Street replied: “I am delighted to be able to welcome Sasha to the squad.
“She has had a great start to this season and has been one of the stand out props in the Premiership.
“She has worked extremely hard to come through the RFU Divisional Programme as well, and that is a great testament to her and the staff involved in developing our future talent.”
As a result of her dedication to her sport and new-found self belief, Acheson is now in the form of her life, the reason for her international call-up.
On October 23, just days after hearing the news of her achievement, Acheson scored a hat-trick of tries as Bristol thumped Litchfield Ladies 33-0, in front of onlooking England coach Graham Smith.
Such performances will put her in good stead for when she potentially lines up against international opposition, where the step-up will be huge.
Furthermore, having been drawn to face Canada in their World Cup group next year, Acheson could get a taste of things to come when the Canadians visit Twickenham Stoop on November 13 (7pm).
Bristol coach LJ Adams has no concerns over the ability of her star player and said she has ‘grown up’ during her time in the south west.
After receiving her call-up, Acheson told the Free Press: “This summer I took the conscious decision to give myself the chance to be the player I can be and fulfil my potential.
“I’ve worked so hard over the last year and a bit and I have lost more than three stone, which has helped me to get where I am now.”
n Acheson could be set to take her England bow in front of the Sky Sports cameras with the match scheduled to be shown on Sky Sports 2 and in full 3D on Sky 3D from 5pm.