TOWERING foward Dominiko Waqaniburotu believes the home fans will boost the Vodafone Flying Fijians against Italy this weekend.
Fiji takes on the visiting Azzuri side at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday at 3pm.
"We last played Italy in Europe last November," he said.
"They are not an easy team. It's going to be a big challenge for us but I believe playing at our home turf we will give them a good game."
Waqaniburotu, who captained Fiji at the 2010 Pacific Nations Cup in Samoa, said the competition amongst the players to make the final team against Italy was healthy.
Considering the number of loose forwards in the squad such as Nadroga's Nemani Nagusa, Malakai Ravulo, Api Naikatini, Rupeni Nasiga, Api Ratuniyarawa and Flying Fijians skipper Akapusi Qera, Waqaniburotu said players were giving their best shot at training.
"We've got names coming up competing for spots that needed to be filled. The boys are fighting every day for the position.
"I see this as a healthy competition. It improves the team's strength when we have competition within the team."
The 28-year-old had a stint with Waikato in the ITM Cup in New Zealand's provincial championship before securing a contract with Brive in France after the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
He added the boys were enjoying the training sessions under the watchful eyes of new head coach, John McKee.