Head coach Ian Davies says his Cornish Pirates squad is more competitive than it was last season.
The Championship side start their campaign at the Mennaye Field against Nottingham on 6 September.
"Last year there was maybe a big gap between the first and second team. This year, we've got a lot of people who can put their hands up and be first team," Davies told BBC Radio Cornwall.
"That's what we want as coaching staff, we want people to be wanting to play."
He added: "Hooker is a position that's going to be competitive, prop is going to be competitive and scrum-half's going to be competitive."
Pirates' summer recruitment has included six Exeter Chiefs players joining on dual-registration deals.
Davies also says veteran captain Chris Morgan could move to second row for the forthcoming season.
"Possibly. He's getting old now so there's not a lot of energy in the legs," he joked.
"What we've got to try to do is get the best players on the park. We've got a particularly strong back row, and you've got John Stevens and Sam Simmonds to throw into that mix."