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."
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.