SUMMER signing Matt Moulds believes Worcester Warriors’ camp in Spain is an ideal opportunity to “build a great team culture” at the club.

The 28-year-old hooker is one of seven new recruits in Warriors’ squad that headed to Valencia on Sunday for a week-long training block.

After six weeks of building up their fitness under the guidance of head of performance Johan Pretorius Warriors’ players are focusing on rugby.

Moulds reckons Worcester will be able to improve “10-fold” during the camp and is also determined to form “tighter” bonds with his team-mates which he feels will underpin their defensive resilience next season.

“I earmarked this trip early on as a good opportunity to get to know the guys a bit more,” said the New Zealander.

“I know we will be doing a lot of rugby stuff over there in the heat which will be testing.

“But we can really grow our game.

“Being in an environment where it is a big group of guys in a small area you are always going to be able to connect with each other as you’ll have more time in the day to do so.

“(When in Worcester) you go back to your families at the end of the day which is only natural whereas in Spain we will be able to hang out after training.

“That is when you get to find out what guys are about and their backgrounds.

“I think that is important for a team culture.

“I am a big advocate of team cultures.

“It’s something we are big on in New Zealand.

“You see a team’s culture in the way they defend so hopefully we can build a great team culture here and the Worcester Warriors fans can actually see it and feel it when we are defending.

“We will be able to get tighter and get more detail in our system so we are definitely going to improve 10-fold in that week.”

Moulds joined Warriors from Auckland-based Blues and checked in for his first day of training at Sixways at the start of July.

“It has definitely been tough,” said Moulds who has recovered from a broken hand suffered at the back end of the Super Rugby season.

“The first block was a lot of fitness and gym work.

“Now we are transitioning into rugby and I think the guys are well prepared to do so.

“We are working hard which is good.”

Twelve different nationalities make up Warriors’ squad including a Namibian, a Nigerian and two Samoans.

Moulds, who is among three New Zealanders at the club, said he was delighted to be part of such a “diverse group”.

“Having guys from different areas brings a lot to the gold mine,” Moulds added.

“It’s a positive for sure.

“The accents are something I am trying to get used to, especially Welsh as I keep having to ask them what they have just said!

“The game in every country is slightly different so if we can put ideas from everyone together that is going to work out well for us.”