Chard Rugby Club Ladies' front row stalwart Kirsty Carlos has been selected for England Deaf Ladies Rugby squad, writes David Webb.

Carlos is set to represent England against the Deri Diamonds at the historic Cardiff Arms Park, this Sunday, January 27.

It has been a meteoric rise for the 24-year-old prop, who only started playing rugby 18 months ago when she attended an Inner Warrior event at Essex Close, Chard, in the summer of 2017.

She immediately caught the rugby bug and became a fixture in the impressive Chard pack, as the team has gone from playing friendly fixtures to competitive league matches this season.

She was first noticed by the England selectors when fellow player, now semi-retired Marie Lawrence, highlighted her potential to England captain Gina Iaqyaniello.

Carlos was contacted by the England captain and started training with the squad only two months ago.

She was excited but very modest about her achievement, stating that if it wasn't for the support of Lawrence, Liz George (manager), Matthew Bowditch (coach) and the ladies players at Chard, she would never have had this opportunity.

This is a typical statement from Carlos, who performs consistently to a high standard for the club.

She is a crucial part of the front row at Chard, which also includes Suzannah Wilton and Emma Harris, that has performed so well this season.

Chard Rugby Club are sure that she will do herself, Chard and England proud on her debut and wish her the best of luck.