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Delve tipped for World success

By Ben Blackmore.   Last Updated: 10/12/05 5:38pm

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Gareth Delve has been tipped to star for Wales in the 2007 World Cup by his club coach Michael Foley.

The number eight produced a man-of-the-match display during Bath's thrilling 31-26 win over Glasgow Warriors, and Foley believes it is only a matter of time before Delve dons the red shirt of his country.

"Gareth is an outstanding young player and I am a big fan of his," said the stand-in coach.

"I envisage him going to the 2007 World Cup with Wales and if he hasn't played international rugby before then I will be surprised".

Delve drove the Bath forwards on in the absence of usual leader Danny Grewcock, and they managed to edge the Heineken Cup encounter thanks to a late Salesi Finau try.

Warriors coach Hugh Campbell had difficulty summing up his feelings at the whistle, having seen his team lose a game that they equally deserved to win.

"It is a really strange feeling," said Campbell. "I am gutted we lost because it was a game that could have gone our way, but I am delighted with the way we are playing at the moment.

"The confidence is growing, and the players are playing an exciting brand of rugby. Apart from a few mistakes, I was delighted with the performance.

"We are here to show what we can do in Europe, and it is good to see the young players coming through and performing so well.

"We are looking forward to the return fixture, and it is not difficult to motivate these players at the moment. They will be up for the game next Friday, there is no question about that".


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