Gloucester Rugby's playing season may be at an end but, behind the scenes, the Kingsholm machine ticks on as evidenced by the summer schedule of Strength & Conditioning Coach Barny Allen.
As he revealed to the Gloucester Rugby website this week, the close season period is a busy one for him personally as, in addition to his Gloucester Rugby duties, he prepares to link up with the England squad for their summer matches against Argentina.
Barny explained how the link with the national team had first come about.
"I initially did some work with England during the autumn internationals in October. It was a great experience - I really enjoyed working with the national squad and seeing the approach they take to Strengthening & Conditioning."
"The opportunity originally came about as a result of my boss, Mark Bitcom (Head of Strengthening & Conditioning for Gloucester Rugby). Mark used to work with England's Deputy Strengthening & Conditioning Coach, Paul Stridgeon and he arranged for me to have a temporary placement with them."
"During that time, I worked closely with the England team to support their training sessions and programmes. It was an intense period as I was still doing my full-time duties for Gloucester as well but I think I really benefited from the experience and they seemed to value my contribution as they've asked me to support the summer matches vs Argentina."
"I'll be involved from a pre tour training camp which starts on the 19th of May for a few days and then the following week in the run up to the Barbarians game all the way up until we get back from Argentina on June 16th."
Being involved at international level is a goal for anyone working in professional sport something that Barny agreed with wholeheartedly.
"Definitely. For anyone coaching or playing, being involved with the national team has to be ranked right up there at the pinnacle of the professional game."
"It's two test matches and full international caps at stake. Admittedly, it's a summer tour and some players may be absent but the intensity and the will to win will be strong. I'm very much looking forward to it."
The Gloucester Rugby first team squad will have reported back for preseason training by the time the England tour comes to an end which he admitted will pose some challenges.
"It's obviously not ideal to come back when guys will have already started preseason by the time I get back."
"However, I'll be getting back at the same time as some of the international players so hopefully we can collectively offer some fresh insight and share our experiences from the tour."
"In terms of the training we've been doing in the Gloucester camp, the season obviously finished disappointingly early for us so I've been working closely with the players who will potentially be touring. We've been working really hard and I'm really pleased with their progress."
"Our priority in the Strengthening & Conditioning team over the next few months is to really move things forward. As with any preseason, increasing body mass throughout the squad is our first priority and then we'll start to start to focus on the conditioning."
As well as the current squad members, Barny revealed that there has already been plenty of contact with the Gloucester's new summer signings.
"We've already started speaking to the new team members joining the squad. As soon as we knew our season was finished, we gave the current squad members their offseason programmes as well as the new signings."
"There are a number of generic programmes which we give to all the players and they will also have checked in with our physio team to sort out any niggles before cracking on with their individual programmes."
"Some players will still be playing so it'll be slightly different for them when they report to us for preseason but everything is in place for them to have a positive start to their Gloucester careers."
The picture painted by Barny reinforces the impression that professional rugby union is now very much a 12 month a year game.
"The year for me has gone incredibly quickly which seems to be the case every year. Before we know it, we'll be training again then playing preseason games and then into the season proper."
"Then it's week on week with the usual pressures. It's a great environment to be in. It's the career we choose and we wouldn't have it any other way."
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.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.