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Bati in union

Elenoa Baselala In Townsville, Australia
Sunday, October 29, 2017

CAPTAIN Kevin Naiqama says the Vodafone Fiji Bati team has come leaps and bounds since their first training session as a team.

On the eve of the team's first pool match against USA in the Rugby League World Cup, Naiqama said the players were understanding each other a lot and beginning to combine well.

"I am actually quite excited to see how we would play," he said.

"We have come leaps and bounds since our first training. In terms of the structures that the coaches have put in place, boys are executing much better and are understanding the relationship between the player that is playing next to you and how the 17 players can come together as one."

Naiqama said there was still some work to do but the younger players were very skilful.

"This is the pinnacle of rugby league, it is an honour to play for the country of your heritage."

Meanwhile, Naiqama explained to journalists why the team sang "I know the Lord will make a way" after their training session on Friday night.

"It's just that the nation of Fiji, we are very spiritual. Our faith is a big part of who we are, we have got a travelling pastor that travels with us every time we are in camp.

"This is just one of the songs that we sing when we have our devotions at 7am and it's the last thing we do before dinner.

"It is something that has been built by the boys that represented us before us in previous years and its something that brings together in terms of unity

"The boys have been practising since we started, it just sounds a lot better now."

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