NEWLY-appointed Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) general manager Tomi Finau has embarked on a mission to send the best prepared Vodafone Fiji Bati team to the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) next year.
After being officially appointed on the top post earlier this week, the veteran sports administrator has started working on securing funds to help in the national team preparation.
Finau, who has been the acting administrator since the dismissal of Steve McLellan earlier this year, is contracted for a year, starting from January, 2013.
"For the last six months as an interim administrator, I have been working on ways to ensure the organisation continues to function," Finau said.
"It's a big challenge for me but like the rugby league players we shouldn't fall back but move forward and make the best out of the opportunity given to us.
"I thank the FNRL board for the support and wisdom and I look forward to do my very best."
Finau said they needed the support of the fans to help prepare the Fiji Bati team for the RLWC in England.
He said the team preparation was their major focus and they were putting all their energy to ensure the team does well in the world event.
"Rugby league is a great sport because it suits the style of rugby Fijians play. It's a good brand to associate with, we finished fourth in the last world cup and we are aiming to do better this year," Finau said.
"So we need people to support us. Fans can help us by attending matches and buying FNRL merchandise which will go on sale soon."