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."
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.