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."
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
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Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.