Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan admits that training hasn't become any easier under Daryl Gibson following the departure of Michael Cheika.
Ryan and the 2014 champions are working hard in pre-season to get ready for the new Super Rugby campaign – their first with Gibson at the helm.
"I thought we mightn't have had to work so hard now that 'Cheik's' [Cheika] gone, but it hasn't been the case," Ryan told Rugby Heaven.
"Darryl's certainly keeping that going, it's been good, and they're certainly working us as hard, a few even harder than they have as the last few years."
Ryan is set for a big season in the number three shirt for the Waratahs following the departure of Wallabies tighthead Sekope Kepu to Bordeaux-Bègles in France.
Kepu and Ashley-Cooper, also joining UBB, were key parts of the Waratahs' success two seasons ago and Ryan admitted both internationals would be missed.
"We're going to miss 'Keps' [Sekope Kepu] … he was a great player, and we're going to miss him, for sure. That's the nature of rugby though, guys move on," Ryan said.
"We've had big losses in Adam-Ashley Cooper and guys like that, but I think it doesn't really feel like there have been a lot of changes, because a lot of the guys we've brought through have actually been part of our academy.
"We've brought in Angus [Ta'avo] and Zac [Guildford], so they're new faces, but apart from that, it feels like a lot of the guys that have come in have been from our own academy and system.
"We've still got a few more to come [new faces] but I don't think it's going to feel like a really different group, like it might have, and could have in the past, if we had brought more people in rather than working through the academy system."