Delve Gareth

by Geoff Pillinger

Gareth L Delve

Position: Flanker/No 8

Born: 30th December 1982 in Cardiff

Height: 1.91m (6ft 3in)

Weight: 112kg (17st)

Education: Rumney High School and Colstons School, Bristol

Achievements: Captain of Wales U16, U18, U19, U21

Honours: Wales U16, Wales U18, Wales U19, U21 and Wales.(11Caps)

Debut game & Competitive Debut: 4th April 2002 v Gloucester (replacement for Nathan Thomas – scored one try)

Final game: 2007 ???

Number of Appearances: 44 ???

Career details:

A member of the National Cup winning under-19 side in 2002, Gareth Delve burst on to the scene at Bath Rugby making a league debut in the 12-68 defeat at Gloucester. Playing in front of a baying Shed that were revelling in Bath’s discomfort did not faze the 6 ft 3” back row forward and Gareth duly capped an all-action spell with a finely taken try. Signed from the Bath Rugby Academy and a product of Colston’s School, he went on to play a second match as a replacement against London Wasps, a day before leading the under-19’s to triumph over Bristol in the National Cup Final at Franklin’s Gardens. He also managed to summon the energy to cross for a wonderful long-range try. Born in Cardiff, Gareth represented (and captained) Wales at under-16 and under-18 level and was captain of the side during the 2002 under-21 season when Wales took the Grand Slam. He was initially given the honour of leading his country at under-19 level against England on the 2nd February 2001in a match at Stradey Park, Llanelli. Wales, under his leadership, won the match 13 points to 6. Gareth’s second season with Bath brought a further half dozen replacement appearances before a nasty injury ruled him out of a potential full international debut for Wales and made sure he missed the entire 2003/2004 campaign.

Played for Gloucester RFC Melbourne Rebels, NEC Green Rockets and Ospreys from where he retired at the end of the 2015-16 season due to injuries.

Signed From: Bath Rugby Academy

 

This page was added on 31/10/2014.

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