MELBOURNE Storm winger Sisa Waqa has confirmed his availability to represent the Fiji Bati in the wWorld cup next month.
Waqa miraculously escaped serious injury after he was tipped from a considerable height by Dylan Farrell of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the qualifying final last week.
He landed on his head attempting to collect a bomb and was taken to hospital for scans after which he was cleared.
Fiji Bati manager Mesake Navugona said Waqa was one of the National Rugby League Telstra Premiership players who had confirmed his availability.
He said Daryl Millard was the lone Super League player from England vying for a spot in the national side.
"At the moment nothing has been confirmed about Jarryd Hayne," Navugona said.
"We have been communicating with the other NRL players. We spoke to Sisa after he suffered an injury against the Rabbitohs. He was cleared on the same day.
"Sisa is one of the first NRL players to confirm their availability for the world cup.
"We are keeping our fingers crossed that all the NRL players will be available. Daryl Millard who plays in the Super League in the United Kingdom has confirmed his availability."
Meanwhile New Zealand-based Marcus Fraser is excited about representing the Overseas Fijians in the Battle of the Bati match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Thursday.
Fraser who plays for the Mt Albert Lions club in the Auckland Rugby League Premiership said there was big opportunity in rugby league.
"My parents are born and raised in Fiji so I feel proud to be a Fijian playing in New Zealand," Fraser said.
"Competition is tough in Auckland. I'm studying Bachelor of Commerce at the Auckland University and have been playing rugby league for four years."
"I have played rugby union before. I switched to rugby league seeking a change as I had played rugby union all my life."
The match between the Overseas Fijians and the Fiji Residents will kick-off at 7pm.