THE Vodafone Fiji Bati team will spend a week in Fiji before flying off to England for the Rugby League World Cup which starts at the end of next month.
During their stay in the country, the team will play against the Fiji Residents in a trial match in the West.
"We will be back in Fiji straight after the NRL grand final on October 7 and spend a week in Fiji before we head off to England," coach Rick Stone said after the Fiji Bati team naming on Thursday night.
"We will trial against the Residents team on October 11 in the West where for the first time a full strength Fiji Bati team including the NRL players will be playing on home soil.
"In England ,obviously we got a couple of games in pool matches before we progress into the next stage."
Meanwhile, the Fiji Bati received the much-needed support from its major sponsor Vodafone Fiji.
The telecommunication giants gave an additional $200,000 to aid in the team preparation.
Fiji National Rugby League received $650,000 this year from Vodafone for its world cup campaign and to assist it hold their various tournaments, training, coaching clinics and camps.
"A joint texting promotion is also held to fundraise for the team while in camp in Fiji and when they depart our shores," a statement from Vodafone Fiji said.
Customers of Vodafone can text Bati to 818 for a chance to win $60,000 and some great prizes and funds raised will be used to assist the team in its preparation.