A YOUNG player could be on her way to the Rugby World Cup thanks to a “fantastic” full-pitch try.

Worthing Rugby Club under-18 star Poppy James beat more than 400 others to make the final round of the #DHLRugbyMoment competition.

Poppy, 15, who goes to Durrington High School, breezed past an entire team to score a fantastic solo try which was chosen by BT Sport pundits as part of their final four.

If she wins a public vote, ending today, she will travel to Japan for this year’s World Cup and deliver the match ball in England’s Pool C match against France on October 12.

Poppy, of Adelaide Close, Worthing, said she would be “scared but excited” if she won the competition.

She said: “I just love playing rugby with my friends and my team.

“A trip to Japan would be amazing since my family are into martial arts – and I love to watch the rugby.”

Many famous figures have thrown their weight behind Poppy’s bid to go to Japan.

England World Cup winner Ben Kay said: “She ran the length of the field, coast-to-coast, lots of steps but more importantly spatial awareness of where the defenders are going to come from.

“It’s a fantastic try.”

Round-the-world sailor Tracy Edwards also threw her support behind the young player, calling her a “future star in the making”.

Ollie Ollerton, presenter of Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins, tweeted: “Let’s help Poppy get this.

“I know her and she for sure deserves to be recognised for her dedication. Let’s get her to Japan.”

Nigel Dewey, chairman of girls’ rugby at Worthing RFC, said Poppy’s achievement was “a product of hard work”.

He said: “As a player she has been relentless in her commitment to the sport – she runs in tries like that all the time. She’s a product of hard work, both ours but mostly her own.

“She’s managed selection to the county squad three years in a row now.

“For Poppy to get to Japan would make her dreams come true – she eats, breathes and sleeps rugby.

“For us as a club we couldn’t be prouder of her and her achievements so far. We want to use this to get girls into the sport and attract new players to Worthing RFC.”

The young talent previously won the DHL Rugby Moment of the Month award in October, retrieving the match ball at Harlequins v Wasps at Twickenham in January.

You can vote for Poppy on the DHL InMotion website and the BT Sport Rugby Twitter account.

But hurry, voting closes tomorrow (Wednesday).