THE Inoke Male-coached Flying Fijians will use the Northern Tour as a buildup to the important 2015 Rugby World Cup Oceania qualifiers against the Cook Islands next year.
The Flying Fijians will need to beat the Cook Islands in the qualifiers to grab the Oceania One spot in Pool A alongside Australia, England and Wales.
Fiji missed out on automatic qualification after claiming only one win in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and being placed fourth in pool play.
The local members of the national side departed for Dubai via Brisbane yesterday.
In Dubai they will be joined by the players from New Zealand and Australia. The team will then head to Perpignan, France travelling through Paris and Toulouse.
Flying Fijians logistics manager Semi Rogoyawa said three important goals had been set for the tour.
He said they wanted to win all the matches in a bid to boost their morale ahead of the world cup qualifiers next June.
"Firstly this tour is very important for us in terms of our rankings," Rogoyawa said. "Secondly it will set the platform as we head into the Rugby World Cup qualifiers. Thirdly we are trying to bridge the gap between the overseas-based players and the locals by combining them."
Fiji will play Portugal at the Universitario Lisboa in Lisbon on November 9, Italy at the Stadio Giovanni Zini in Cremon on November 16, Romania at the Stadionul Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest on November 23 and then the Steve Hansen-coached Barbarians at Twickenham in London on November 30.
Rogoyawa said the Europe-based players would join the three-day camp in Perpignan next week.
"The International Rugby Board schedule requires us to have a camp so all the Europe-based players can join us," Rogoyawa said.
"These players will be with the team for three days before they are released back to their clubs. This will leave the local boys with the players from New Zealand, Australia and Japan to train together.
"We will move to Portugal on November 4 where the Europe-based players will rejoin the squad.
"For us, we need to win all the matches to boost the morale as we start our preparations for the world cup qualifying process."
The national team's match against the Barbarians is part of Fiji Rugby Union's Centennial Celebrations.
According to the ticketmaster.co.uk website, more than 60,000 tickets have been snapped up for the match.
Fiji, captained by Nadi number eight Sela Toga, upset the star-studded Barbarians 29-9 at Gosforth on October 24 in 1970.