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 ???
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