VIDEO: International stars from Saints and Tigers help train Harborough's youngsters

Derby fever kicked off early at Market Harborough Rugby Club as players from Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints came to lend a hand at training.

The two sides clash in the heat of the east Midlands derby on Friday night at Welford Road.

Ellis Genge, George Ford, Jonny May, Dan Biggar, Piers Francis and Cobus Reinach gave their time to help out at youth training

Ellis Genge, George Ford, Jonny May, Dan Biggar, Piers Francis and Cobus Reinach gave their time to help out at youth training

But, collaborating on behalf of Land Rover, the Premiership stars put rivalries aside to help pass on some of their knowledge to Harborough's stars of the future.

George Ford, Jonny May, and Ellis Genge combined with Dan Biggar, Piers Francis, and Cobus Reinach to give the youngsters a night they will not forget.

Internationals Biggar and Ford provided a place kicking masterclass, while Genge shared tips on the dark arts of scrummaging.

May, Reinach, and Francis assisted with the backs to develop one-on-one footwork and attacking drills.

Ellis Genge keeps an eye on scrum training

Ellis Genge keeps an eye on scrum training

With just six points separating sixth and 10th in the Gallagher Premiership, it has been one of the closest domestic seasons on record.

A victory for either side will go a long way in securing a top-six finish meaning Friday’s derby is expected to be another fierce encounter.

International fly-halves Dan Biggar and George Ford pass on some kicking tips

International fly-halves Dan Biggar and George Ford pass on some kicking tips

Leicester and England's Jonny May watches on as the backs go through their paces

Leicester and England's Jonny May watches on as the backs go through their paces