Fiji players plan to treat their opening World Cup match against Australia like a semi-final and will use the Pacific Test clash with PNG to help prepare for the Kangaroos.
The Bati have reached the semi-final stage of the past three World Cups and each time they have been eliminated by Australia but this year they face the world champions first up.
However, Fiji will play against PNG on Saturday night in Campbelltown, whereas the Kangaroos are set to enter the tournament without a Test for three years.
After losing to Tonga in their last outing and winning just two of their four Tests since the 2017 World Cup, Pacific nations are no longer intimidated by Australia’s reputation as international heavyweights.
“There is just something there that we end up always playing Australia, but I feel this is going to be the strongest World Cup,” Bati captain Kevin Naiqama said.
“There are so many more players representing their nations and that is what you want to see.