Uate excited for rep round
Saturday's representative match between the Fijian Bati and Papua New Guinea Kumuls is more than just a game of rugby league for Newcastle Knight Akuila Uate.
It's a unique chance for him to celebrate his proud Fijian heritage and to teach the next generation of players about his culture.
Affectionately dubbed the Fijian Flyer, Uate returns to the side after representing his country of birth on more than 10 occasions.
This year's Fijian representatives arrived in camp on Monday for a week of preparation ahead of Saturday's match at Pirtek Stadium.
"I'm a bit excited and excited to see the boys again and coming together," Uate told Knights TV.
"My favourite part of the week is meeting everyone and teaching some of the boys Fijian songs and singing.
"It just reminds me of being back in Fiji where you go to church every Sunday. I love just being part of the team."
For many of the players it's considered an incredible honour to represent the nation of Fiji at the highest level on the sporting field.
"I think evereyone is looking forward to being part of the Fiji team because they know their families back at home are watching," he said.
Uate is joined by Knights teammate Daniel Saifiti in camp with Knights' assistant coach Mick Potter at the helm as head coach.
"I think it's a great team and I think Mick Potter has picked the right team for this week," he said.
The team had it's first training on Tuesday with the main focus throughout the week on players getting to know each other ahead of Saturday's clash.
"We have to get to know each other today and get to know how everyone plays."
Pacific Test Double Header
Venue: Pirtek Stadium
Daye Saturday May 7
Gates Open: 3pm
Junior Kangaroos v Junior Kiwis -3.15pm
Papua New Guinea Kumuls v Fiji Bati- 5.35pm
Mate Ma'a Tonga v Toa Samoa- 7.40pm