AUSTRALIA-based Aaron Groom is keen to get a recall into the Fiji Bati team for the Rugby League World Cup in England next month.
Groom was one of the stars of the Fiji Bati team which reached the 2008 world cup semi-final in Australia.
He claimed two man-of-the- match awards during the tournament playing against France and Ireland.
The 26-year-old's rugby career was on the verge of collapse after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for Sheffield Eagles in England in the 2009-2010 season. He was forced to undergo a knee reconstruction.
After a lengthy recovery period, Groom returned to the sport this year signing up with the North Sydney Bears to compete in the New South Wales Cup competition.
He is part of the overseas-based Fijians who arrived in the country from Sydney yesterday for the trial match against the Fiji Residents on Thursday which is dubbed as the "Battle of the Bati".
Groom said it was great to be to back home. He said it would be an honour to represent the nation again if given the chance.
"I haven't been home since 2009 so it is good to be back," Groom said.
"There was a tough trial back in Australia and the trials on Thursday will be pretty hard with the local boys putting their hands up.
"The intensity will be good which is what you want in preparation for the world cup. It was an honour to represent Fiji in the 2008 Rugby World Cup. It will be the same if I get the opportunity this year."
"But it is different from 2008 because the quality of the players is better this time. There are a lot of guys from Fiji playing in Australia.
"After my injury I had some really good people on board to help me recover from the knee reconstruction. It a was tough process. I had a few bumps on the way but I have fully recovered now."
Alipate Tani and Ilisoni Vono are the other two players in the overseas-based Fijians team that played in the 2008 world cup.
The team includes three players from New Zealand.
None of the players who feature in the National Rugby League in Australia have been included.
Fiji Bati manager Mesake Navugona said the NRL players had automatic qualification into the squad.
He said they were still awaiting the availability of many of these players.
"The bulk of the overseas players to play on Thursday are made up of the Sydney Fijians team," Navugona said.
"It will be a tough battle on the field for the players and a harder task for the selectors to pick the final squad.
"The players who are part of the NRL competition have automatic selection into the team after their finals matches. They will have to march into camp on October 7."
The trial match will kick off at 7pm at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Prior to the fixture the State of Origin match between East and West will start at 5pm.
Fiji Bati head coach Rick Stone will arrive in the country on Thursday.
Henry Raiwalui (Sydney Fijians), Sakeo Raloa (NSW Country), Alipate Tani (NSW Country), Josefa Uluibau (Sydney Fijians), Fabian Goodhall (Sydney Fijians), Ryan Millard (Sydney Fijians), Maurice Kennedy (Queensland Fijians), Eloni Vunakece (Sydney Fijians), Aaron Groom (Sydney Fijians), Ilisoni Vono (NSW Country), Saimone Lomaloma (New Zealand), Saravu Fatiaki (Queensland Fijians), Netani Suka (Sydney Fijians), Marcus Fraser (New Zealand), Orisi Qraniqio (New Zealand), Josese Junior Rika (Sydney Fijians), Kemueli Seru (Sydney Fijians).