Inviting referees along to the training ground to work with players to help with law interpretation is something that Gloucester Rugby, along with a number of other Premiership clubs, have done frequently in the past.
However, last week's session was slightly different, in that the members of the academy squad were actually learning to become referees themselves.
Assistant Academy Manager Simon Lane explained:
"The role of the referee in the modern game is hugely important, and for Chris and Andrew to share their experiences and help our players understand their view point and how tough their job can be is priceless."
"Our players all have a good understanding of the laws of the game but, as a result of this session, now know how the game looks through the eyes of the officials rather than simply as players.
"Each of the guys took their turn to referee, and manage scenarios such as live breakdowns within a controlled environment, and the plan now they are qualified is for us to provide them with the opportunity to referee a proper match."
"The ELRA was an excellent learning experience for the players and a big step in encouraging them to become real students of the game, and who knows may open up a career path for them in the future."
Glen Jackson is a recent example of a player who has moved into refereeing upon retiring as a player and Lane thinks this can only be a good thing.
"Former players often move into coaching or media roles but Glen Jackson is showing that players can make very good officials.
"Cricket is a sport which benefits from recent players becoming umpires and I think it's something that works well as they have an empathy with the players.
"Our lads have now had that first taste of refereeing and who knows where it may lead."