Gloucester U18 Squad headed off for their preseason camp last week with the Household Cavalry Regiment based at their Combermere Barracks in Windsor.
Hosted by Captain Ben Woolf and his men, the young academy prospects prepared physically and tactically for the challenges that lie ahead this season.
Three tough days of training culminated in a return home for the Premiership 7's at Kingsholm where fellow squad member Ollie Thorley was part of the Gloucester Rugby team that triumphed on the night and qualified for the finals.
The group have a tough pre season with fixtures against Yorkshire Carnegie at home on the 16th of August, before travelling to Harlequins on the 21st and capping it off with the U18 Academies festival at Bristol Grammar School on Saturday 30th.
This will provide the best possible preparation for an exciting opening U18 Premiership Academy League encounter with Leicester Tigers in October.
Assistant Academy Manager Simon Lane is looking forward to the forthcoming campaign as he told the club website.
"We have a very talented group this year and are looking to continue to build on last season's success both in terms of international representatives and the way in which we acquitted ourselves in the U18 League, losing just one fixture all season.
"Spending this time together is important for players and coaches and will help us to hit the ground running in the new season."
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).