BEING on the reserve bench for the past 18 months has fuelled Asilika Sevutia's desire to do the country proud.
The Bucalevu, Ra lass has been named in the Fiji Pearls side to face the Malawi Queens in two Tests in Suva next month.
Sevutia last played for the national side in 2011 and since then she said she had learnt a lot.
"Sitting on the reserve bench did not deter me," the 25-year-old said.
"It was a learning experience for me and I got to watch and learn what was happening on the court from the sidelines.
"I still have the same passion for the sport and everything that has happened since 2011 has fuelled my desire to play for Fiji."
The former Balletine Memorial School student said the Tests against Malawi on November 2 and 4 at the Vodafone Arena was a good opportunity for Fiji.
"It's a very good opportunity for the players to get good exposure against a higher ranked team.
"Malawi is ranked fifth in the world while Fiji is ranked seventh and so playing against them would be good for Fiji and the players because we will get good experience out of it."
The mid-court player said training had intensified to match the level that Malawi would be at.
"Firstly, they are ranked fifth and then they would have played Tests against Australia and New Zealand by the time they get here.
"So they would have a good build-up and that is the reason why our training has become harder and tougher so that we can be at the same level that Malawi would be at when they get here."
Sevutia said her biggest source of inspiration was her parents and family and their support had enabled her to come this far in the sport.
"My parents and family have been backing me all the way and I am going to give it my best shot in training and during the games."