PLAYERS participating in the Vodafone Cup grand final at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon have a chance to force their way into the national training squad for the world cup in October.
The Fiji National Rugby League has already announced an elite squad which is dominated by the players from the Eastern Division.
However, with the all-Western grand final between KBL Saru Dragons and Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters, FNRL general manager Tomi Finay said the door to the elite squad was still open.
"There is huge potential for the players in the grand final to be roped in," Tomi said.
"From the quarter-finals we have identified four more talents from the West who have been drafted into the elite squad training program."
The winner of grand final will walk away $3000 richer while the runner-up will receive $1500.
Finau said the total prizemoney was reduced to $10,000 this year. He said this was because of their world cup commitments.
"The world cup is the priority," Finau said. "Last year the total prizemoney was $15,000. The level of competition for the Vodafone Cup has improved this year. The competitiveness between the teams went up with the introduction of the Top Eight format.
"That really brought out the best from the players. A good example is the two teams that have made it to the grand final.
"There is still room for improvement especially with the players' strength and conditioning and the knowledge of the game.
"We will also have to look at upgrading our match officials.
The finals will kick off at 10am with the Roosters playing the Nadi Raiders in the Under-14 final.
At 11am the Dragons will face Davuilevu Knights in the U16 final.
The U18 final between Dee Cees Nadera Panthers and the Knights will start at 12.30pm.
The reserve grade final between the Roosters and the Dragons will begin at 1.45pm before the premier grand final kick-off at 3.20pm.