THE Rugby League World Cup is yet to start and the Vodafone Fiji Bati has already started gaining popularity in England.
One particular feature that has gained fame for the national team is the hymn the side will sing before its matches in the world cup.
In 2008, the Fiji National Rugby League replaced the Fijian war dance with the hymn which the side sang through to the semi-final finish in the world cup that year.
Fiji Bati team media liaison officer Tomi Finau said they were invited to sing the hymn at this Sunday's football match between Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town.
The two teams are playing in the Football League Championship which is the second-highest division in England after English Premier League.
Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town have both played in the EPL competition in the 2011/12 and 2001/02 seasons, respectively.
"We are billeted at the De Vere White Hotel which is integrated into the Reebok Stadium, the home of Bolton Wanderers FC," Finau said.
"This Saturday (Sunday Fiji time) Bolton Wanderers are playing a match and the boys will be the guest to sing their hymn before the kick-off.
"This is a great experience for the team.
"It is a good way to go out to the community and show ourselves to them, who we are, our values that we stand for back at home, our religion and culture.
"This is truly a huge experience.
"We are just impressed with the reception and the support in United Kingdom has been huge."
The national team is also excited with the support they received during the official launch in Rochdale, the host of Fiji's opening match against Ireland on Tuesday (Fiji time).
Finau said the team "captured the whole of Rochdale" with its hymn which they sang during the reception hosted by the mayor of Rochdale.
Meanwhile, yesterday, the players had a free day which they utilised in sightseeing and shopping.
Some caught up on their sleep while others did laundries and a group paid a visit to Manchester City.
"The players have been under control for sometime so it's good to give them some free time to relax and allow them to do whatever they wanted.
"It's a psychological thing," Finau said.
On Wednesday night, Ashton Simms, who was a member of the 2008 RLWC team shared his emotional experience of that world cup.
The Bati have been placed in a very tough pool at this year's competition.
The team will face former RLWC champions Australia in its second match before they take on hosts England in the last pool match.
Fiji Bati to 2013 RLWC:
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.