MEMBERS of the Fiji Warriors have been assured by the team management that standout players in this year's Pacific Rugby Cup (PRC) will secure a spot in the Flying Fijians team for the Pacific Nation Cup (PNC).
This inspiration has lifted the morale of the boys to come out of their comfort zone as they strived the hard yards in training during the past two days while preparing to defend the PRC title they won last season.
Team manager Joe Browne said the players were committed to fulfilling their goals at the same time he anticipated a tough battle among each other for a spot in the Flying Fijians team.
"Our target is to successfully defend the PRC title," he said.
"Apart from our team target the boys have also set individual targets which will make them play to their best to secure their spot in the team for the PNC tournament.
"All players in this team are aware of the targets being set and we are committed to deliver the goods required from the team."
Browne said the competition would be tougher compared to last year but he had faith in the 35 selected players.
He said some of the players were part of last year's winning team and they knew exactly what to expect from their opponents.
"We have a good mix of players at training and most of these boys have been exposed to competitive games.
"The training has been vigorous under the hot sun and I am glad the boys have responded well to it.
"We anticipate tough competitions during the PRC and being the defending champion the pressure is on the boys to be at their best.
"Most of these boys are seasoned rugby players and they just need time to jel to produce a winning combination."
Some notable players that are expected to make their mark are Nadroga hitman Nemani Nagusa, Rupeni Nasiga, Ulaiasi Lawavou and Aminiasi Nava.
Players to watch in the backs include rugby league convert and Nabua Broncos fullback Ilisavani Jegesa, Nadroga's Savenaca Rawaca and Aporosa Tuqiri.
The side will be coached by Tailevu mentor Lance Whippy who replaced last year's winning coach Inoke Male.
The side will face Queensland Reds A in their opening game in Brisbane on March 2.