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Gareth Delve appointed Team Manager

Bristol Rugby are delighted to confirm the appointment of Gareth Delve as Team Manager ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

The former Wales international – who studied at Colston’s School in Bristol – made thirteen appearances for his country in the back row and is in the final stages of an MSc in Management at Swansea University.

Delve captained Gloucester and Melbourne Rebels during a fifteen-year professional career, while also representing Bath, Ospreys and NEC Green Rockets in Japan.

“We’re pleased to welcome Gareth into the management team following a detailed recruitment process and a high standard of applicants,” Chief Operating Officer Mark Tainton told bristolrugby.co.uk.

“Gareth starts with immediate effect and we are confident he will be a hugely positive addition to our environment."

Delve captained Melbourne Rebels and Gloucester during his playing career.

Head Coach Pat Lam said: “Gareth is an impressive person and leader. Through his life experiences to date, he understands what it takes to be a successful team on and off the field.

“Gareth’s philosophy and ambition are very much aligned to myself and the Bristol Rugby vision. I’m really looking forward to working with him as I know he will add great value to our team."

Delve links up with Pat Lam and his coaching team ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship opener versus Hartpury on Sunday (3pm KO).

“Gareth’s philosophy and ambition are very much aligned to myself and the Bristol Rugby vision."

Head Coach Pat Lam

The 34 year-old added: “I’m delighted to accept the Team Manager position and look forward to working - and learning - with Pat [Lam] and his squad.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to experience different cultures whilsts playing rugby across the world and for Wales. I am passionate about the game and this opportunity to help Mark and Pat build an environment where players and coaches will be the best they can be.

“There’s real clarity in what Bristol are trying to achieve – both in the short and long term - and it’s an exciting journey to be a part of.”