Delve’s Rebels can’t wait for Lions challenge

Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby captain Gareth Delve used to have a dream of playing for the British and Irish Lions but he has now set his hopes on beating them.

The British and Irish Lions will play all five of Australia’s Super Rugby sides and only the Brumbies and the Rebels remain.

So far the touring Lions have beaten everyone they have faced before the first Test against Australia’s Wallabies this weekend at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

On Tuesday the Lions play the Brumbies in Canberra and then next Tuesday (June the 25th) the Lions will play Delve’s Rebels in Melbourne.

Former Wales international Delve says that it would be ‘incredible’ to lead the Rebels out against the British and Irish Lions at AAMI Park.

“It’s an interesting one. It’s a massive opportunity, it’s going to be a huge honour to lead the boys out against the Lions,” he told Sportal.

“But obviously growing up it was probably the biggest ambition as a young rugby player to actually play for them, so I suppose, if you can’t join them, try and beat them.

“I’m very excited, it’s really building up now, and I think that watching more games as the tour has gone on has just kept building the excitement.

“I think as soon as they hit Melbourne it’s going to be incredible.”

The Rebels clash against the British and Irish Lions next week is in between the first and second tests so they will field a weakened team but still should be a formidable side.

Delve says that the Rebels are keen to challenge the Lions even though they have only won four out of their fifteen Super Rugby matches this year.

“I think we’ll go well, the guys have been training really well, we’ve been in for a good few sessions now in the build up and we’ve got a week left to continue preparations and the guys are jumping out of their skins to have a crack,” he said.

“It’s just going to be an incredible atmosphere, full house at AAMI Park, we can’t wait now.”

After the Rebels match against the Lions the Rebels will keep up their match fitness with an exhibtion/warm up match against the Brumbies in Melbourne’s inner suburb of Ashwood on Thursday the 4th of July.

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