THE Curtis Mar-managed Fiji bowling team will depart early to Australia in a bid to acclimatise to the conditions ahead of the World Championship in Adelaide next month.
The national side has been practising on the weekends since last month.
Fiji goes into the tournament ranked number nine but won the silver medal in the triples discipline in the event back in 2008.
The national team will hold practice sessions at the Nadi Sports Club this weekend. A fundraising drive will be held at the same venue on Sunday in a bid to collect money for the trip to Australia. Despite being the silver medallist, the Fiji bowling team is still without a major sponsor.
Team captain Abdul Kalim will join the side this Saturday. Kalim represented the country at the World Singles Champion of Champions in Cyprus last week.
He said the players had been reminded of team effort.
"This tournament is not about individualism," the Bank of South Pacific head of corporate and commercial west said.
"It is about a team effort. The players have been practising together each weekend. Last week we gave them a break to spend time with their families. However, they are back training this weekend.
"We will depart for Australia nine days before the tournament. The greens are quicker there. So we need to adjust to it. The players are bonding well. We have had one to one sessions with the players. They are focussed on the task ahead."
The other members of the Fiji team include Semesa Naiseruvati, Samuela Tui, Arun Kumar and David Aitcheson.
The World Championship will be held at the Lockley Bowls Club from November 24 to December 9.