Wales urged to consider Delve
March 30, 2011
Gareth Delve has been in fine form for the Rebels © Getty Images
Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen believes that Wales should consider utilising No.8 Gareth Delve's insider knowledge of Super Rugby at the World Cup.
The former Gloucester skipper turned his back on international selection by opting to chance his arm in Melbourne, but his recent form and stature as the Rebels' vice captain make him an attractive prospect as the game's showpiece nears.
The 28-year-old won the last of his 11 caps against Ireland in the 2010 Six Nations, although Macqueen has flagged up his recent experiences as a possible 'advantage' for Warren Gatland's side, who face South Africa, Fiji, Samoa and Namibia in the Pool stages.
"I think the fact that he's playing in a southern hemisphere competition and understands a lot more about southern hemisphere games is an advantage," he told AAP.
"With the World Cup down here in New Zealand and playing against all those New Zealand and South African players, you get to know their play a lot better and that's certainly an advantage for him. This is a very high level competition he's playing in and he's done very well against his opposition."
Should the Rebels fail to book a play-off berth their final game will be against the Force on June 17. Wales play World Cup warm-up games against England (twice) and Argentina in August, also hosting the Barbarians on June 4.
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