Fijian scrum-half Frank Lomani has turned down the lure of playing for Wasps so he can spend time at home and also prepare for the Rugby World Cup.
The Fijian Drua halback was linked to Wasps following injuries to Dan Robson and Joe Simpson.
But he has confirmed he will not join Wasps and also won’t be returning to Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels as he wants time at home.
“The Wasps deal didn’t work out. I just want to come back home and spend time with my family and rest after two years of non-stop rugby,” Lomani told the Fiji Sun.
“My focus now is the 2019 RWC, prepare well and do my family and country proud.
“I have always wanted to make my family proud every time I play, make my hometown proud and at the same time challenge youths that nothing is impossible.”
Fiji impressed during November as they ended their Test campaign with a victory over France, with their extended time as a group clearly a positive.
“I think we just need more time together. Four days is not enough to beat tier one nations like New Zealand, England and Ireland,” he added.
“A good example was during the Northern Tour where we spent two weeks to beat France.
“Imagine if we prepare for 3-4 weeks the boys will be everywhere doing what they love and playing Fiji’s style of rugby.
“The number of quality players we have, competing with tier one nations is not a big deal.
“We definitely stand a 100 per cent chance of reaching the Cup final of the RWC.”