Delve called into Wales squad
Gareth Delve has been called into the Wales squad ahead of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland at Croke Park.
The Gloucester number eight will provide cover for captain Ryan Jones, who has been struggling with a calf injury, and boost Wales' loose-forward options.
Assistant coach Neil Jenkins is confident Jones will be fit to play in Dublin, but Wales' squad has been short of one back-row player since Andy Powell was dropped for disciplinary reasons following the dramatic win over Scotland.
Sam Warburton, usually an openside flanker for Cardiff Blues, has been training at number eight this week while Jones rests his problem calf.
Jenkins explained: "We are expecting Ryan to be fine but we have called on Gareth to boost the squad numbers in the forwards and provide cover in that back-row area.
"We have been keeping a close eye on him, no one more so than Shaun Edwards whose Wasps side beat Gloucester at the weekend, and we think he has been playing well and will do a job for us if called upon."
Delve, who has been linked with summer moves to Cardiff Blues and the Melbourne Rebels, won the last of his nine Wales caps in 2008 but has not featured since deciding not to tour Canada and America in 2009.