Commonwelath gold medallist Eboni Usoro-Brown is excited to play on home soil for the first time since beating Australia in their own back yard last April.
The three-match Vitality Netball International Series against Uganda gets underway on Tuesday 27th November and the Vitality Roses are set to receive a phenomenal reception as they step out on court.
Newlywed Usoro-Brown is excited to swap her wedding dress for her iconic Roses red dress for the series, and said: “I’m really looking forward to it!
“I think it definitely is a homecoming for the Vitality Roses.
“It’s been a while since we’ve played in front of our home crowd so I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone there – our red army – and actually getting three good results hopefully against the Ugandan She Cranes.”
Usoro-Brown, who has won 90 caps to date, is the most experienced defender selected in the Vitality Roses’ squad.
She’ll be working with Layla Guscoth (21 caps), Jodie Gibson (23 caps) and Razia Quashie (3 caps), who made her debut during the Jamaica series.
Usoro-Brown recognises the defensive unit have their work cut out against Uganda's star shooter, Peace Proscovia, who she says has "been a formidable shooter not only in the Vitality Netball Superleague and has obviously been recognised to go out to the Suncorp Super Netball for next year.
“She’s very, very, accurate, very mobile in the back and they do look to her quite often when they’re coming through the court in attack.
“We’re going to have to make sure we step up nice and early and put a lot of defensive pressure on, especially their attacking end.”
The Roses last faced the Ugandan She Cranes during their road to victory at the Commonwealth Games, and took the win 55-49. With new combinations and all the Roses players undergoing a tough pre-season, the three match series is set to be a difficult test ahead of the 2019 Netball World Cup.
Tickets for the Vitality Netball International Series are available here.
If you can’t make it to one of the matches, watch the action live on Sky Sports Mix or listen on BBC Radio 5 Live.
By Kate Lightfoot