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."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.