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Delve sets sights on Lions spot

19th July 2012 14:38

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Gareth Delve Rebels training 2012

Gareth Delve: Wants to return to international action

Rebels loose forward Gareth Delve admits that he would love to be part of the British and Irish Lions squad that tours Australia next year.

Although the Melbourne outfit will face the Lions next year Delve is determined to prove he deserves a Lions spot even though he has failed to secure a place in Wales Test side in recent years.

Delve has not played for Wales since the 2010 Six Nations and he was left out of coach Warren Gatland's 30-man World Cup squad, after he was initially in their 45-man pre-tournament group.

But the 29-year-old has been in fine form since joining the Rebels in 2010 and recently won the Rod Macqueen Pursuit of Excellence Award and the People's Choice Award at the club's annual awards function.

The former Gloucester man believes his knowledge of Australian conditions could benefit the Lions if he was included in their squad.

"I'd love to make that tour," Delve told Wales Online.

"It's a huge ambition of mine.

"If I can perform, hopefully they'll be casting the net wide and I'll have a pretty decent knowledge of Australian Rugby by then. It'll be fantastic if that was the case.

"It's incredible to get those rewards and recognition.

"The fact we've had such a good season and to be part of such a great team is reward enough, but to get that recognition as a foreign player means a huge amount to me," he added.

Delve was rumoured to be leaving the Rebels for Toulon earlier this season but he signed a one-year contract extension with the Rebels last month which could mean he faces the Lions if he fails to make their squad.

"I sort of had one foot out the door earlier on in the year which was going to be really tough," he revealed.

"But to be able to be a part of this for another year, and the journey we'll take with the Lions coming over next season is going to be massive for rugby in Melbourne.

"With the squad we're putting together we could be knocking on the door of doing some big things."

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