Fitness propelling Suds’ flying start

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Graham Richards believes Sudbury’s superior fitness levels are behind their flying start to the campaign, which has seen the town’s rugby side record six wins from six in London League Three North East.

Suds travel to ninth-placed Old Brentwoods on Saturday (2.15pm) looking to continue a storming run that has given hope to a real challenge for promotion, having fallen away after a similarly strong start last year.

But with a free weekend following after director of rugby Richards decided not to enter them in the national Intermediate Cup — to give the players time to recover and pursue outside interests — he is confident they are better equipped to sustain their high performance level.

“We are probably better prepared than last year,” he said. “At this stage we appear to be fitter than anyone else, which is testament to how hard the guys have worked.

“I have also managed to work with a consistent selection and we have had great numbers of 30 plus at training each week.”

Hooker Dan Cracknell is back after agricultural commitments, while Toby White (hamstring) is out.

n Former Sudbury Rugby Club women’s player Sasha Acheson has received a welcome boost that her international career is not over despite a serious knee injury.

The Bristol-based player/coach has been named in Gary Street’s 52-strong England Women’s squad for the world champion’s 2014/15 campaign, despite facing a long battle to fitness after breaking down with the injury, which required an operation.