HE may be leading the Fiji Bati to the Rugby League World Cup this year but he is counting on the support of his fellow countrymen and teammates to help him deliver his best at the world stage.
Former Brisbane Broncos prop Petero Civoniceva, who is tipped to hang his boots after this stint with Fiji, said spending time with the people here had been a joyous occasion.
Speaking to Times Sport after a church service for the Fiji Bati players at Sabeto Village in Nadi, Civoniceva said spending one week in the country helped overseas based players learn what Fiji was truly about.
"We are all so grateful and humbled to be back home and spending time with everyone, it has just been remarkable," he said.
The National Rugby League (NRL) superstar, who has also represented Australia on numerous occasions, said it was a dream to represent Fiji.
"For me now, the goal, as highlighted in church service, is to aim for a top finish and represent my country to the best of my ability. I think it's the goal of every player in the squad.
"To do well and make every Fijian proud."
Civoniceva began his NRL career as a centre with the Brisbane Broncos and his big break came when he was selected to play for the Australian national team as a prop for the 2007 ANZAC Day Test match against New Zealand.
Apart from playing club games, Civoniceva also actively took part in the State of Origin series, representing the Queensland Maroons and last appeared for the dominant side last year.
Preparation for their first game in the Rugby World Cup against Ireland was also a key factor during the team's week-long visit and after the warm-up match against the Fiji Presidents XIII on Friday last week, Civoniceva acknowledged the team had come a long way.
"We had some pretty good runs as a team and bonded well.
"Before heading to the UK, I think it was important for us to participate in an active match.
"The warm up match really prepared us well."
He said the team was very happy to have gotten the support of the local people.
"On behalf of the boys, I want to say thank you and hopefully, we will represent Fiji well and make you proud."