The Bulls have placed a big emphasis on fitness and team spirit as they prepare for the Super Rugby season, says Pierre Schoeman.
Schoeman told Netwerk24 they have been putting in a lot of extra work when it comes to conditioning.
“The coach (Nollis Marais) puts a lot of emphasis on how fit we should be,” Schoeman said.
“There will always be room for improvement when it comes to fitness and conditioning, but at this stage we are already pretty fit. Believe me, we’ve already had a few merciless sessions.”
The Bulls have also been focussing on establishing a healthy team culture and Schoeman says one of the ways they have done that is by getting the wives and children more involved.
“It’s nice to get to know the wives and children better. It definitely helps to make us a tight unit.”
The competition at prop will be a stern one this year. Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane is expected to play mostly tighthead prop, which means Schoeman will be competing with Lizo Gqoboka for the number one jersey.
“The fact that I played Super Rugby last year makes me calm, because now I have a better idea of what to expect,” Schoeman said.
“The competition is tough and I know I will have to try and improve constantly. We know how important it is going to be to lay a strong foundation with our scrummaging. That’s where everything starts.”