Acheson sets sights on her place at the World Cup

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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 this week.

The 22-year-old from Lawshall conceded the notion of being an international still has not sunk in after helping England to back-to-back successes, 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 competition in France, the Bristol star is hopeful her performances will have done enough to secure her place in the squad.

“I have had no indication as of yet if I’ll be in the squad but I just want this so much,” she added.

“I hope I have done enough and I can guarantee that I will never give up hope of making it.

“Either way, this week has exceeded any expectation I ever had of how far I would come.”