Gareth Leon Delve (born 30 December 1982 in Cardiff) is a former Wales international rugby union player, and former captain of Gloucester. In late 2010, he moved to Australia where he went on to captain the Melbourne Rebels. His usual position is number 8.

Gareth Delve
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Birth nameGareth Leon Delve
Date of birth (1982-12-30) 30 December 1982 (age 37)
Place of birthCardiff, Wales
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight116 kg (18 st 4 lb)
SchoolColston's Collegiate
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8
Current team Ospreys
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Bath Rugby
Gloucester Rugby
Melbourne Rebels
NEC Green Rockets
Correct as of 19 January 2015
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–10 Wales 11 (5)


Wales and EnglandEdit

Delve was a pupil at Rumney High School in Cardiff[citation needed] and accepted a Rugby scholarship from Colston's Collegiate School in Bristol[1] before signing a professional contract with Bath in 2001.

After a few frustrating seasons at Bath, he was named in the Welsh squad for the 2006 Six Nations Championship, and earned two caps during the tournament, making his debut against Scotland. He was also called up for the summer tour to Argentina in June 2006, and earned another two caps, as well as scoring a try in the second Test.

In the summer of 2007, he moved from Bath to Gloucester Rugby. He was appointed joint captain of Gloucester in 2009,[2] a position he held in 2010, before he moved to Australia.[3][4]

In March 2010, he was recalled to the Wales squad and selected in the starting line-up for the match versus Ireland.[3] He was named in the preliminary squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup[5] but was ultimately left out of the final squad.[6]


In March 2010, Delve signed with the Melbourne Rebels,[7] and joined the team in October, in preparation for the 2011 Super Rugby season.[8] The move to Melbourne saw Delve reconnect with former Bath Forwards Coach Mark Bakewell. Although there had been speculation that Delve might play blindside flanker,[4] he became the Rebels regular No.8. In February 2011, Delve was appointed the Rebels' vice captain, deputy to former Wallaby captain Stirling Mortlock.[9][10][11][12][13][14][15] In Round 9 of the 2011 season, Delve became the first overseas player to captain an Australian Super Rugby side (v. Highlanders, in Melbourne).[1]

In 2011, Delve earned a call up to the initial 45-man Welsh World Cup squad, training in Spala, Poland. He missed the first training session due to Rebels duties. He was to join the squad after the final games for the Rebels against the Western Force.

In June 2012, he re-signed with the Rebels for 2013.[1] Rebels CEO Steven Boland said Delve had been wonderful ambassador for the Rebels. "His leadership has also been outstanding and given the upcoming retirement of our Captain Stirling Mortlock, Gareth will once again be an important part of our leadership group next year."[1]

In May 2013, it was announced that Delve would leave the Rebels at the end of the season,[16][17] along with head coach Damien Hill and fellow Rebels players James O'Connor, Cooper Vuna, Ged Robinson, Nick Phipps, Nic Henderson, James King, Tim Davidson and Richard Kingi. His last game as a Rebels player was a home game against New Zealand franchise the Highlanders, a match that also turned out to be the last Rebels match for head coach Damien Hill and players James O'Connor, Cooper Vuna, Ged Robinson, Nick Phipps and Nic Henderson. In front of over 12,000 spectators, the Rebels overcame a 24-point half-time deficit to achieve a remarkable 38–37 come-from-behind victory over the Highlanders, ending Delve's tenure as a Rebels player on a winning note.[18][19]


It had been speculated in the Australian press that Delve would continue his rugby union career in Japan. [20] It was officially confirmed that Delve would join NEC Green Rockets in the Japanese Top League for the next season.

Return to the UKEdit

On 27 March 2015, it was announced Delve had signed a two-year contract with Welsh region Ospreys.[21] He was released from his contract one year later.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

Late in 2010, while house hunting in Melbourne with his partner, Delve chanced upon a man allegedly assaulting a woman and attempting to push her into a car. It's alleged that the man attacked Delve, and was knocked to the ground. Delve called the police. The Melbourne Age hinted Delve behaved like a superhero, but to Delve "The good thing was that he started being aggressive towards me instead of towards the woman ... the way I was brought up you don't like seeing things like that happen. In the situation it felt like the right thing to step in."[23]

Delve's parents are Steve Delve, a former prop and competitive bodybuilder, and Dolan Delve, née Taylor; both of whom are from Wales.[24] When asked to describe some of his proudest moments, he replied that one was when "I [gave] my match jersey to my grandfather before he passed away so that was absolutely massive for me and something I'll always remember."[14]


  1. ^ a b c d Rebels Media Unit (24 June 2012). "Delve re-signs with the Rebels for 2013" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Delve 'honoured' to be made skipper". thisisgloucestershire. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Martyn Williams to lead Wales as Ryan Jones injured". Sport. UK: BBC. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Gareth Delve player profile". Australia: Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 11 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Wales: Gatland ponders World Cup selection dilemmas". BBC. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2011: Sam Warburton leads Wales in New Zealand". BBC. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Welsh international signs with Rebels". ABC Sport. Australia: ABC. 28 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
  8. ^ Rebels media unit (28 September 2010). "Rebels vs Crusaders" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  9. ^ Rebels Media Unit (2 February 2011). "Stirling Mortlock and Gareth Delve to lead Rebels" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  10. ^ Schlink, Leo (2 February 2011). "Stirling Mortlock named as first Melbourne Rebels skipper". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  11. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (2 February 2011). "Mortlock the man to lead the Rebels". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  12. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (2 February 2011). "Mortlock promises Rebels will 'do Melbourne proud'". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  13. ^ AAP (3 February 2011). "Rebels are determined to hit the ground running: Mortlock". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  14. ^ a b Rebels Media Unit (8 February 2011). "Gareth Delve" (Press release). Melbourne Rebels. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  15. ^ Gould, Russell (2011). "Rebels' defence desire is weak link, says vice-captain Gareth Delve". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
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  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  20. ^ "Gareth Delve to leave Melbourne Rebels to move to Japan". BBC Sport. 22 May 2013.
  21. ^ "Gareth Delve: Ospreys sign Wales back-row on two-year deal". BBC Sport. 27 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Gareth Delve: Ospreys release Wales number eight a year early". BBC Sport. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  23. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (12 January 2011). "Welshman takes the opportunity to be a Super hero". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  24. ^ "Rugby Union: Young gladiator". Sunday Times. UK: Times Newspapers. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2011.

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