THE Fiji National Rugby League motto of 'Noqu Kalou, Noqu Vanua' (My God, My Land) rings loud in the hearts of Vodafone Fiji Bati players thousands of miles away from home.
While their Australian counterparts receive about $A20,000 ($F35,000) per match at the Rugby League World Cup, our players earn an allowance of £20 ($F60) per day.
But the motivation of playing for God and country is what will help draw a level playing field when the two sides meet at the Langtree Stadium in Helens, London this morning.
"The only allowances they are getting in the UK is £20 per day and we were quite thankful that our British Army brothers and sisters in Catterick Garrison Fijian Community raised funds to pay for our accommodation, meals and transport for the team to arrive there four days earlier so we could adapt to the weather," FNRL chairman Peni Musunamasi said.
"The boys have given up their jobs and they had to pay bills and they have all given this up to play for Fiji and God Almighty.
"They are struggling and giving their all for their country. We paid only $5000 per team member before they left Fiji.
"It is the passion to play for the country, their families, every Fijian and the brotherhood within the team that motivates the players."
He said the National Rugby League players had "put their hands up for Fiji", showing patriotism to rise to the RLWC challenge.
Musunamasi clarified that the Bati players were not receiving £150 ($F439) as allowance per day, saying it was actually £20.
Like the fighting spirit within the team, the FNRL is optimistic that it will receive the much-needed funding in the future to help our players compete against the best.
"The funding we get in Fiji is mostly focused on the development of players," Musunamasi said.
"There's heaps of raw talent and we hope we get the funding to see that players reach the highest level.
"Hopefully a time will come when we will have more players competing in the NRL."
On the match against Australia, Musunamasi said: "We are not too concerned with the final score, what we want to do is work towards improving our combination and prepare ourselves for the more important games to come."