Gloucester and England back-row forward Luke Narraway put Malvern's players through their paces at their first training session ahead of their National Three Midlands season.
The Worcester-based Gloucester player, who has just been included in the England Saxons squad, was invited to Malvern's Spring Lane as guest coach when the players reported back for pre-season training.
The players enjoyed a testing first session, with some endurance work followed by a lively session with the ball headed by Narraway, who will be making several appearances during pre-season.
"We are grateful to Luke for his input, and we welcome all players from under 17 level upwards to join us," said Malvern's director of rugby David Robins.
Narraway also helped out with Malvern's Under-17 side who have entered the North Midlands League for the first time.
"I view this as one of the most important areas of development for Malvern Rugby Club," said Malvern chairman Martin Pocock.
"Whilst we have produced some notable successes through our Youth Section in the past, with several players coming through to First XV level, we need to sustain this."
"The 2009/10 season is the first year of a plan to concentrate on growing and retaining our own talent. In the past, we have suffered from losing young players with potential as they go away to higher education or drift out of the game as other attractions take precedence."
"We believe that, under our new structure, we can retain and develop most of these youngsters, firstly at under 17, then at Colts level in year two. By the third year we will establish an Academy side to manage the transition between the Youth and Senior sections."
" Whilst not all players will get to play at the high level attained by the First XV, we feel that we have put in place a platform to grow and strengthen the club from within, throughout the senior sides."
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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
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).