THE Fiji National Rugby League will be spending about half a million dollars on the Vodafone Fiji Bati players' per diem in the Rugby League World Cup.
Fiji Bati media liaison officer and Fiji National Rugby League general manager Tomi Finau said the effort of the players in promoting the nation through the sport could not be measured in monetary terms.
"What the players are doing now and how much promotion they have done just from one single performance this week around the world especially in Europe is amazing," Finau said.
"It's a joy to see a Fiji team playing at the world stage and touching the hearts of people back home.
"We can't put a value to those kinds of marketing and promotions done by the players."
Finau said each player received $5000 in Fiji and GBP20 each ($F60) daily for the duration of their stay in England.
"Putting together a national team is quite a massive exercise especially when you have professional players because it takes a lot of responsibility to look after them," he said.
"We do our best to try and give them the best within our resources.
"Two or three times we had to tell them to 'catch and kill your meal' to instil some responsibility in the players. We would love to give them more money because they are doing quite a lot for rugby league and Fiji."
The Fiji Bati received $A300,000 (F$519,572) for finishing in the top four during the 2008 RLWC.
Finau said 60 per cent of the prizemoney from this world cup would be shared among the players while the remainder would go to FNRL.