Acheson sets sights on World Cup place after England bow

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Sasha Acheson has begun dreaming of a place at next year’s Rugby World Cup after enjoying a memorable debut with the national side.

The 22-year-old former Sudbury Ladies prop, who now plays at Bristol, conceded the notion of being an international still has not sunk in after helping England to back-to-back successes in the autumn internationals, beating France 40-20 and Canada 32-3, in which she replaced Sophie Hemming on both occasions.

“The whole week has just been indescribable,” she told the Free Press. “To make my debut at Twickenham in front of my family was just beyond belief, my heart was pounding, I was like a wound-up spring.

“There is nowhere better I have could have chosen 
for my debut, it was just incredible, with the atmosphere and incredible noise and so much more than I ever expected.

“To say I have represented my country means more to me than anyone could imagine, the feeling of wearing the shirt and being part of the squad has exceeded anything I ever imagined it would be.”

Turning her attention to next year’s World Cup in France, Acheson is hopeful her performances will have done enough to secure her place in the squad.