THE Vodafone Fiji Bati coach Rick Stone says he "got 24 fit players to pick from" for the team's opening Rugby League World Cup match against Ireland next week.
Speaking to Times Sport from Manchester, England last night, Stone said apart from the "minor bruises" from the warm-up match against the Rochdale Hornets on Sunday, the players were all in good shape and ready for the opening match against Ireland at the Spotland Stadium in Rochdale.
The Petero Civoniceva-skippered side thrashed Rochdale Hornets 78-0 to set a perfect platform for its RLWC campaign.
Stone was impressed with the performance of the players and the result.
"They played some really good footy. The match was basically to allow the players to adapt to the conditions here and (for me) to see how they played," the Newcastle Knights assistant coach said.
"We don't have any more warm-up matches and the side is looking pretty comfortable (with the Rochdale Hornets match)."
Fiji's other opponents are Australia and England with whom the side will play on November 2 and 9, respectively.
England suffered a shock 15-14 loss to world cup debutante Italy in its warm-up match over the weekend.
"I'm really disappointed," England coach Steve McNamara told AFP. "We've certainly not played anywhere near what we are capable of.
"They were fresh and ready to go. I just think our mentality was really wrong for this game. We were probably guilty of looking towards next week and we took our eye off this game.
"I'm glad it's happened this week in a way, rather than next week. I'm sure we will be a whole lot better for it next week ... we have to respond."
Stone said the result was not the true indication of the English side which had the services of experienced players from the National Rugby League and Super League competitions.
He said Ireland was their main focus and the side was taking a game at a time to progress through in the world cup.
"Our first big focus is Ireland and we will try and get past them to the next stage before we start thinking of our next game," Stone said in an earlier interview.
"What we achieved in 2008 was outstanding so if we can probably replicate that, it will be terrific."
Fiji Bati - Sisa Waqa, Wes Naiqama (V/C), Kevin Naiqama, Darryl Millard, Marika Koroibete, Semi Radradra, Ilisavani Jegesa, Aaron Groom, Alipate Tani, Apisai Koroisau, James Storer, Kaliova Tani, Tariq Simms, Korbin Simms, Ashton Simms, Petero Civoniceva (captain), Kane Evans, Jason Bukuya, Vitale Jr Roqica, Tikiko Noke, Eloni Vunakece, Akuila Uate, Ryan Millard, Peni Botiki