FIJIAN rugby league superstar Akuila Uate is honoured to be given a place in the Fiji Bati team for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup to be played in England at the end of the month.
The Newcastle Knights flyer jetted into the country yesterday with the aim to do Fiji proud at the world cup.
He said being omitted from the Australian side would not affect his ambition to do the country proud.
The Votua, Nadroga, flyer said he was looking forward to training with the team as they prepared to fly the Fiji flag against the best in the business.
"I am delighted and I am honoured to play with the Fiji boys after the 2008 world cup," said Uate.
"I am very excited to be part of the world cup with Fiji.
"If I don't get picked for Australia, Fiji is always there for me and Fiji is my home and I won't say no to it."
Dubbed as one of the best finishers in the sport, Uate has faith in the team despite being drawn with Australia and Great Britain in the same pool.
He said he would give his best to help the team do Fiji proud in England.
"It's a very tough pool but I need to be good and do proud for Fiji," he said.
"I'm happy to also spend time with my family here in Fiji before joining the team on Tuesday," he said.
The 26-year-old played an instrumental role for his Knights team in this year's NRL, helping the side to reach the preliminary final.
He said he was satisfied with the performance of his team despite bowing out in the later stages of the competition.
"I am really proud with the performance of the boys to reach the preliminary finals, it's quite outstanding and there is always next year."
The Fijian flyer was once dubbed by Knights legend Andrew Johns as a player with sheer speed and strength which could see Uate tipped as a future superstar.
"In all my years in rugby league I've never seen a better athlete than this bloke," said Johns in one of his earlier interviews.
At the 2010 Daly M Awards, Uate won the Winger of the Year award as well as taking out the top try-scorer award and at the 2011 Daly M awards, Uate won the Winger of the Year for the second year in a row. He finished the season as the top try-scorer with 19 tries and lead the NRL in tackle-breaks.
He has played more than 120 NRL games for the Knights, featured for the NSW in the State of Origin and later for the Australia team in 2011 and 2012.
After speculation that Uate was going to sign with a Japanese Rugby Union club, he re-signed with the Knights on a 4-year contract.