THE battle of words between Vodafone Fiji Bati and Papua New Guinea Kumuls has broken out ahead of their first Test match at the Mt Hagen Show grounds in PNG tomorrow.
According to a report from the Post-Courier in PNG said the host team utility player Charlie Wabo had warned the Bati "not to run straight at the Kumuls defence because it will kill them."
But Fiji's vice captain Jone Wesele said he had no second thoughts of playing Kumuls at their backyard and expected a tough encounter.
Wesele told Post-Courier that Wabo's warning does not fear him or his teammates because they were there to play for their country.
The Fiji Bati, which will be breaking their two years international rugby league drought, will want to stamp their mark ahead of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup by winning the inaugural two-match tour.
Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) operational manager Rusiate Ratakele confirmed all overseas-based players have joined the side.
The seven that joined the camp in PNG include United Kingdom-based Semi Tadulala and Australia-based Sisa Waqa, Netani Suka, Hamilton Hughes, Paul Rokolati, Junior Roqica and Kemueli Seru.
Ratakele said the coaching staff was confident the team would jell well before their opening Test match.
"All of them have been playing rugby league throughout the year and they should not have any problem adapting to the game plan."
The first Test match of the planned biennial event will be held tomorrow at Mt Hagen Show grounds followed by the second match at the Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby on November 6.
Team: Atu Turagacaiviu, Rusi Lololoma, Hamilton Hughes, Netani Suka, Apisai Nabou, Jone Sariri, Meli Kunadrau, Junior Roqica, Kemueli Seru, Semisi Tora, Jone Wesele, Paul Rokolati, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Kitione Rasotale, Sisa Waqa, Dan Rawica, Aborosio Delaimoala, Sam Tadulala, Henry Raiwalui, Etuate Gusuivalu.