THE Vodafone Fiji Bati has amassed tremendous support in England ahead of the Rugby League World Cup which starts at the end of this month.
Speaking to Times Sport from the team camp in Catterick, North Yorkshire in England, Fiji National Rugby League general manager and Fiji Bati media liaison officer Tomi Finau said they were overwhelmed with the support received so far.
He said it would boost the team's campaign during the RLWC which starts on October 28 against Ireland in Rochdale.
The Petero Civoniceva-skippered side plays Australia in its second match on November 2 before taking on England in its final pool match on November 9.
"The support is tremendous. We are getting calls and emails from Fijians residing in Catterick and also in Germany checking on the team and wishing us well," Finau said.
"The team officials met the Fijian community and presented a sevusevu. They also presented their sevusevu and rendered their support for the Fiji Bati."
Coach Rick Stone gave players time to acclimatise to the cold conditions before starting the training sessions on Wednesday.
The team underwent a physical drill concentrating on defensive play and ball skills in the morning before the pool and gym sessions in the afternoon.
Yesterday, the players were given a day off and they used the time to visit the historical sites of Catterick.
Catterick is the home of the largest of three Infantry Training Centres for the British Army in the United Kingdom.
"There are some interesting places in Catterick that we are looking forward to visit.
"The day-long tour is organised by the Fijians living here. They are providing us with two buses for the tour around the place," Finau said before departing for the visits.
"We also have some community visits which include a trip to the Richmond High School and Catterick Crusaders, the rugby league team here.
"The team also has an interview with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) later in the afternoon."
Finau said the players have settled in well.