Acheson set for Six Nations debut after England selection

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Sasha Acheson could be set for her first taste of Six Nations international rugby after being called up to the England Ladies squad for Sunday’s clash with Scotland.

The 22-year-old former Sudbury Ladies prop, who now plays at Bristol, is one of 10 changes to the squad that suffered a 18-6 defeat to France in Grenoble, as Gary Street’s side — tagged favourites before the tournament — made a disappointing start to the championships.

For Acheson, who is now based at University in Cardiff, the selection among the replacements represents the opportunity to further enhance her international career in what would be her third appearance for the national side.

Her two previous outings came in November of last year as she helped England to back-to-back successes in the autumn internationals, beating France 40-20 and Canada 32-3.

The chance to once again impress national coaches will also enhance Acheson’s aspirations of forcing her way into England’s squad 
for the World Cup later this year in France with only skipper Katy Mclean, Rachael Burford, Emily Scarratt, Sarah Hunter and flanker Marlie Packer keeping their places.