SHEER “brute strength” is helping powerhouse prop Gareth Milasinovich to master the art of packing down on both sides of the scrum.

That’s the view of Nick Schonert who has welcomed the versatile front rower’s decision to extend his stay at Worcester Warriors for another campaign.

Milasinovich has provided competition for Schonert having made 18 appearances at tighthead this season, including seven starts.

But the 25-year-old has also shown the ability to play at loosehead as he has turned out five times in that position which Schonert believes makes him an “awesome addition” to Worcester’s pack.

“It is always useful to have a prop that can play on both sides,” Schonert said.

“It’s not easy to do that as you have to change your feet, your binds and your angles.

“It’s like anything in life — if you do one thing the whole time you get really good at it.

“But if you have to change now and again, going back and forth, sometimes you might have a blip due to the change in stance and get found out.

“I came out of the womb as a tighthead.

“But as Gaz is such a strong guy he can do well on either side. He can get away with it as he is so big and strong.”

Milasinovich joined Warriors’ academy in the summer of 2015 from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

A ruptured Achilles tendon followed by a broken toe ruled Milasinovich out for a whole year but he featured in the final three games of last season and has not looked back since then.

“Gaz is probably one of the strongest props that I know,” Schonert said.

“He has got incredible brute strength. (Forwards coach) Mef (Davies) has been helping him with his technical game and he has got better.

“We have got guys like Simon (Kerrod), Gaz, myself and Biyi (Alo) who are all decent tightheads and we all want to push each other.

“Gaz is a great guy and an awesome addition to the club.

“I am really happy that he has extended.

“We want to try to keep the core of this group which is hopefully going to take us forward.”