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Olivier: We'll put our bodies on the line for each other

Aaron Wise 6th Sep, 2017

CENTRE Wynand Olivier believes there is a stronger family atmosphere at the club this season following team bonding trips to Europe.

The South African admitted in the past it was hard to get to know some of the new players at the club in between pre-season training sessions and meetings.

But the centre stressed a much-needed team bonding trip allowed his teammates to get to know one another better, creating a family vibe at Sixways.

“It’s easy to get lost in a new season without knowing the new boys, as you’re in and out of meetings and training and never get much time to socialise or just have a bit of fun,” said the former Montpellier player.

“(During the trips) we were split into five groups with about four players we knew well and another four we didn’t. Being in a different country we had to look after one another when out and about exploring and you got to know the players on a more personal level.

“Sometimes you can go a whole season without speaking to someone, so this (team bonding) offered more than just a hi or goodbye at the club in passing. You need to get to know the guy who’s working alongside you on the weekend. Why would you sweat blood and work hard for them if you don’t know them.

“We’re prepared to put our bodies on the line for each other on the pitch and we’ll carry one another off after. Every team need this (family atmosphere).

“You need to get that balance right and that’s what we’ve done. It’s created a good atmosphere and a family vibe. That’s what a club is supposed to be like,” he added.

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