DREADLOCKED, stubble beard and a bulky frame.
Sounds like the trademarks of a bati — a traditional Fijian warrior.
And that is exactly what Peni Botiki wants to be at the Rugby League World Cup in England next month.
The Viseisei, Vuda lad of Lautoka wants to be a Fiji Bati and his spot in the Vodafone Fiji Bati side will be determined by his performance in the Battle of the Bati clash tonight.
The 24-year-old plays for the Collegians Illawarra club which is the feeder club to the Saint George Illawarra Dragons along with Alipate Tani and Semisi Tora in Australia.
He has represented the national side in 2009 and 2010 but he says the opportunity to play at the world cup is totally different.
While other overseas-based players are representing the Overseas Fijians in the match against the Fiji Residents tonight, the former Saru Dragons player has opted to feature for the local side.
"I want to play for the Fiji Residents and so I came here a few weeks earlier," Botiki said.
"This is because I have learnt a lot from my club in Australia and I want to share that knowledge with the local boys."
The former Tilak High School student can play at either second row or lock and said he would play his heart out tonight.
"I want to represent the nation and I will lay my body on the line for my country and tomorrow (tonight) I will give it my best shot for the Fiji Residents to prove to selectors that I am worthy for playing for Fiji."
Botiki, whose mother is from Matacawalevu in Yasawa, was the 2010 Fiji Rugby League Player of the Year and 2012 Australian Fiji Bati Player of the Year.