Cardiff coach Dai Young has warned Wales No.8 Gareth Delve he faces a spell in the international wilderness if he opts to join Melbourne Rebels instead of the Blues.
The 27-year-old Gloucester forward secured his place in the starting XV for Warren Gatland’s side’s final RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland last weekend after impressing as a replacement against Italy.
Gatland has always expressed a desire to have all his players playing for the regions, with Delve and Sale’s Dwayne Peel among a minority of stars to have been capped while playing in the Guinness Premiership.
But after admitting to tabling an offer for Delve’s services, Young insists the former Bath man could find himself in a similar boat to England’s Danny Cipriani if he joins the Wasps youngster down under.
“We have made our offer to him and we haven’t spoken to him for 10 days,” said Young.
“Obviously he’s got a difficult decision to make and he’s away thinking about that at this time.
“It’s not our style to put pressure on players. We have stated our case and made our offer and it’s up to him to take his time and make that decision.
“I suppose the decision for Gareth is not only does he want to come to the Blues, but does he want to play for Wales.
“I would have thought if he does take up the option to go to the Melbourne Rebels, that’s pretty much him turning his back on his international career.
“Whereas, if he’s here, I would have thought he’s got a real good chance.
“We sat down with him prior to his Six Nations call-up and one of the things he had in his mind was whether coming back to Wales would make a difference to his international prospects.
“Since then, it’s been made quite clear to him that is the case as he has been selected and he’s in the mix.”