THE Vodafone Fiji Bati players had a taste of real Fijian life during a visit to the Serua Island yesterday.
The day-long visit was part of team's bonding exercise in preparation for the Rugby League World Cup which starts at the end of this month.
Dubbed the "Back to our Roots" tour, the players were treated to activities which depicted the life of an everyday Fijian in a traditional village.
Players were divided into three groups to carry out the assigned tasks which included fishing, root crops and lovo making.
While the local players were well equipped with the tasks, the overseas-based reps took the challenge head on to experience something new in their lives.
Fiji Bati head coach Rick Stone said the trip was vital in making the players realise their responsibility for the country.
"Getting back to the roots here in the village and seeing how they live in the village, how they gather food and live as a community is a great insight in the village way of life," he said.
"It will probably give them (the players) some idea of the privilegd position they are in and obviously the responsibility they got when playing for the country."
Stone said the players were bonding well and learning a lot from one another.
"It's been pretty good, obviously they are excited to be here which is great. One thing about a group is you need the players who you want to be there and we got that particular group.
"The boys are slowly getting to know each other."
Fiji is pooled with Australia, England and Ireland in the world cup. The side leaves for England next week.