Fareham star all set for national service

Yasmin Parsons, left, is back in England colours tomorrow
Yasmin Parsons, left, is back in England colours tomorrow
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Yasmin Parsons is relishing being back in England colours.

The 21-year-old from Fareham is gearing up for her latest A team outing against Scotland in Liverpool tomorrow (2.30pm).

She will lock horns with some familiar faces in the Echo Arena before the senior side tackle Wales (5.15pm).

Visa problems prevented Malawi taking their place in the series opener – prompting the home nations to step into the breach.

It is hoped the African tourists, who currently sit fifth in the world rankings, will be cleared to play in the final two fixtures – at the Copperbox Arena in London on Wednesday and in Worcester next Saturday.

But for now Parsons will renew an old rivalry with the Scots.

And the ex-Crofton School talent can’t wait to pull on the England A dress again.

Parsons, who plays in Premier League division one with Hucclecote and represents Team Bath in the Superleague, said: ‘We are chomping at the bit.

‘It is going to be a great competition and we just want to go out there and put in a really good performance.

‘We are going ahead with the same preparation as if we were playing Malawi.

‘We see it as a home nations game, so it is really important.

‘We have always played Scotland at the European Championships and recently Team Bath played their senior side.

‘So we have had a taste of what they bring and what sort of tactics they have.

‘Claire Brownie has come to play Superleague at Bath, too, so we have got to know her more as a person and the way she plays.

‘I also know a few faces from under-21 level and the world youths last year.

‘They are very physical, so that is what we expect.’

Parsons, who plays at wing-attack and centre, got a taste of what’s to come in practice matches with the full England team this week.

‘We put in a really good performance against the seniors yesterday,’ she said.

‘We just tired a little in the second half of the game.’

England A will not feature in London on Wednesday but, after a week of training in Bath, return to action next weekend in Worcester.