THEIR body language says it all, the Fiji Residents players are strong contenders for a spot at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
At yesterday's national trials, the 52 players showed determination and displayed glimpses of what they have in-stored to qualify them as top contenders for the international event.
And it indeed impressed Fiji Bati head coach Rick Stone and his panel of selectors.
Fiji National Rugby League development officer Sale Tubuna said they were pleased with the performance of the players.
He said the performance of players was the outcome of the two-day training at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks last week.
"We had only two days of camp and we have seen vast improvement on the players. They showed a lot of determination that they are top contenders for the world cup as well," he said.
"We are really happy with what we saw and I believe the local players have the ability to contest for a spot in the world cup.
"The skills level is there but we need to fine-tune a few more areas before the main trials," Tubuna said.
The national selectors will name 34 players later next week to prepare for upcoming trials and the Battle of the Bati tournament.