PLAYERS who fail a drug test will automatically be axed from the Fiji Residents squad.
The warning was issued by Residents team manager Adriu Nabose after 29 players underwent a drug test at the Fiji National Rugby League office in Suva yesterday.
The results will be known today.
"We will automatically drop players who are tested positive of any drug," Nabose said.
"The decision was made by the FNRL board because we want all players to be drug free during the world cup."
He said positive test samples would be sent overseas for confirmation. He said players who passed the test would move on to attend the final trial next Monday in Lautoka.
Nabose said four players from Australia would attend the final trial. The four are Semi Cakau, Kitione Rasotale, Etuate Tagicakibau and Peni Botiki.
"All players that will pass the test will have another chance to prove themselves during the final trial in Lautoka next week.
"Cakau, Rasotale, Tagicakibau and Peni Botiki will also attend the trials."
The final 17-member squad for the Battle of the Bati tournament will be named on Monday.
The Rugby League World Cup starts on October 26 and ends on November 30.
The Fiji Bati is pooled with Australia, England and Ireland.