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."
GRTV travelled to Sixways on Wednesday morning, for the Urban Rugby Squad Festival, where the Gloucester Urban Rugby Squad met other Premiership teams. Young players from Cinderford Fire Cadets and MY:UK, Gloucester made up the Cherry and White squad.
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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.
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.