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Wales call up Delve as Faletau is sent home

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Gareth Delve of the Rebels will be on the bench when Wales face the Brumbies.

Gareth Delve of the Rebels will be on the bench when Wales face the Brumbies. Photo: Getty Images

Wales have called up Melbourne Rebels star Gareth Delve to replace No.8 Toby Faletau who has been ruled out of the remaining two Tests against the Wallabies with a broken hand suffered in the first Test defeat in Brisbane.

Delve won the last of his 11 Welsh caps in 2010 before joining the Rebels from their first season in Super Rugby.

He was at the Suncorp Stadium Test in a radio commentary role but Wales caretaker coach Ron Howley on Sunday called him in to join the 34-man tour squad as Faletau flies home to have his injury further assessed.

Star winger George North, meanwhile, will undergo intensive treatment on a haematoma to his thigh in a bid to get him fit for the second Test in Melbourne on Saturday.

North was forced off during the first half of yesterday's encounter, and he is considered crucial to Wales' hopes of squaring the series.

Howley on Sunday named his team for Tuesday's match against the Brumbies in Canberra, with lock Luke Charteris the only player backing up from the Brisbane Test.

Delve will be on the replacements' bench, where his colleagues include lock Ian Evans, who arrived in Australia on Saturday night following his wedding in Greece.

Evans' Ospreys second-row partner Alun-Wyn Jones will captain the team against the Brumbies, taking over from a rested Sam Warburton, while there is another opportunity for 19-year-old Cardiff Blues wing Harry Robinson.

Robinson lit up Wales' 30-21 victory over the Barbarians eight days ago by scoring a dazzling solo try, and he will look to impress on Tuesday, especially with North battling injury.

Howley said: "We are a game down, but we still have all to play for in this Test series and Tuesday night is the perfect opportunity for this squad of players to move on.

"We have one or two bumps and bruises, and we are expecting players to back-up after playing a tough Test match and go out there 72 hours later and play for their country.

"But that is exactly what touring is all about. It will be a test of character for the likes of Luke (Charteris), James (Hook) and Alun-Wyn (Jones), who all made significant contributions on Saturday."

PA

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