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Delve signs off in style.

WELSH star Gareth Delve was in emotional mood as he ended his three-year stay with the Melbourne Rebels.

Cardiff-born Delve, the Rebels skipper who led the Super Rugby side against the touring British & Irish Lions last month, admitted he will be leaving Melbourne with a heavy heart after playing his last game for the Super Rugby franchise.

Delve, 30, was one of a number of Rebels players to take their final bow in an incredible comeback victory over Kiwi franchise the Highlanders.

"There's character in this team and that shone through," said Delve in the wake of the 37-33 win.

"I've been trying not to think about it being my last game here all week.

"My sister is over from the UK, and she has been asking me all day how I've been feeling.

"I read a quote that said 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it's happened', and that's it.

"This has been the best three years of my life."

While Delve is expected to resume his career in Japan, the Rebels have also confirmed that Australia international Kurtley Beale will not be staying in Melbourne.

The 24-year-old full-back, whose two-year stay with the Rebels has been blighted by disciplinary problems, is best known to British fans for his role in the recent Lions series.

He slipped while taking what would have been a match-winning penalty in the first Test and, while dealing with the fall-out from that, must now look for a new club as well.

Beale follows fellow Wallaby James O'Connor out of the club's exit door, with the latter having been released earlier this week.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jul 14, 2013
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