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."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.