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ROAR Sport Podcast episode 5: Gareth Delve

IN episode five of the ROAR Sport Podcast, Gareth Delve – team manager at Bristol Bears and formerly a powerful and talented back-rower with Wales, Bath, Gloucester, Melbourne Rebels, NEC Green Rockets and Ospreys – talks about his career in rugby and Bristol’s bright future.

The 35-year-old, who overcame a raft of serious injuries to win 11 Wales caps – featuring in the 2008 Six Nations Grand Slam-winning side – took his first major off-field role at Bristol in the summer of 2017.

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Delve talks with ROAR’s Steve Cotton about: the pressure of battling relegation at Bath at the start of his professional career (1:42); the early hype around his own ability (3:21); the frustration at people feeling he was ‘weak’ or ‘vulnerable’ when he suffered a raft of serious injuries (7:30); how Mike Catt, Mike Tindall and Iain Balshaw ‘ruined’ his preconceptions about arrogant English rugby players (10:15); how the frustration of missing the 2003 Rugby World Cup through injury made him a better person (11:38); the best player he played with (12:36); the perception of Gavin Henson versus the reality (14:32); how not playing his club rugby in Wales hindered his international career (16:05); leaving Bath for rivals Gloucester (19:53); the unsung brilliance of James Simpson-Daniel and Andy Hazell (23:30); how he didn’t initially see eye-to-eye with Steve Borthwick at Bath (29:30); his regrets over his brief stint with Ospreys (32:26); turning down Toulon before they hit their peak (33:30); his knight-in-shining-armour intervention to prevent a woman being assaulted in Melbourne (36:05); how his brother’s career in the Royal Marines meant he always kept perspective (40:15); why he was sold on Pat Lam’s vision for Bristol (41:40) and the importance of the Bears’ bright start to the season (45:10).

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