1970s: Decade of Gifted and Innovative Men

 

Whilst Russia went to a disguised form of professionalism, Georgia remained truly amateur and soon fell behind

Nevertheless, a gifted generation of Temur Bendiashvili, David Kilassonia, Misha Kharshiladze, Avto Guiorgadze, Oleg Liparteliani, Avto Ghibradze played some wonderful rugby, previously un-seen Soviet-wise

Then a disaster struck - deprived of any support from the authorities, innovative Locomotivi won just a Cup and bronze and perished while fighting with envious Soviet establishment

Domestically

Year

Championships

Capital / Cup

1970

Dynamo

[not completed] ^

1971

Dynamo

Dynamo ^

1972

Locomotivi

Locomotivi ^

1973

Dynamo

Polytechnics ~ #

1974

Gantiadi [Dynamo]

=

1975

Iveria [Gantiadi]

Iveria [not completed] ^

1976

Iveria

Locomotivi ^

1977

Locomotivi

=

1978

Kutaissi #

Polytechnics #

1979

Shevardeni ~ #

Polytechnics #

# without top teams,  ^ Tbilissi Champs,  ~ Hopefuls Cup

Internationally [within Soviets]

Year

Locomotivi

Dynamo

Kutaissi

1970

4 = 9 [B1] = = =

1971

5 = 8 = = =

1972

3 = 9 [B1] = = =

1973

6 = 7 = = =

1974

8 = 7^ = = =

1975

8 = 6% = = =

1976

8 RunUp 5% 1/8 = =

1977

5 1/4 7@ 1/2 16 [B6] 1/4

1978

3 CupWin 10 [B4]@ 1/4 9 [B3] 1/8
1979 4 1/2 11 [B5]@ 1/16 9 [B3] 1/8

^ Gantiadi% Iveria,  @ Elva

Left-hand column in the team's data shows at which place they have finished in the Championships and the right-hand which round they have reached in the Cup; [B] means Division Two or Play-down (Repechage)

Other Soviet Title Winners

Gold

Fili 1970 1972 1973 1974 1975, VVA 1971 1976 1977,
Aviator (U
kraine) 1978, Slava 1979

Cup

VVA 1976, Fili 1977, Aviator (Ukraine) 1979

Timeline

1970

 Locomotivi finished fourth; as a result 12 players were awarded *Master of Sports* degree; Dynamo won promotion to the Premiership

1971

 Albeit non-Olympic rugby was not played at *Fifth Soviet Spartakiade*, Georgian teams did not miss a single competition

1972

 Soviet Premiership was switched to home-and-away format. Locomotivi  narrowly missed on the Title and finished third, whilst Dynamo won promotion once again

1973

 Two Georgian clubs entered the Premiership; domestic programme was shrunk to minimum but club fixtures were arranged with Czechia, Romania and Bulgaria

1974

 Whilst Soviet authorities issued a Decree *towards further development of rugby*, two Georgian clubs vied for survival with each other and the formation of Soviet Rep Side went ahead without them

1975

 Iveria has matured; Locomotivi was back to the extended Premiership and survived; inaugural Junior Champs were held; Soviets joined FIRA and a few Georgians made the Rep Side

1976

 Locomotivi lost inaugural Cup Final at home; Soviets debuted in FIRA Nations Cup; kids of Iveria played mini-rugby at the new *Golden Oval*

1977

 Penguins of UK held masterclass at Vake; Locomotivi perfected their style; Kutaissi entered Soviet Division Two; Rugby and Lelo Federations merged

1978

 First milestone - Locomotivi lifted Soviet Cup and finished third in the Premiership; Kutaissi won promotion; domestic champs were held as double round-robin for the first time, and Georgia Cup was contested as well

1979

 Utter shambles: Locomotivi was not allowed to win the Premiership; Elva was disbanded; senior domestic champs were not held whilst two teams walked off the junior tournament

 

Georgian time
 
D10 | R5

Autumn Tests  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

10/11

18.00

Firenze

Italy

17:28

Sat

17/11

18.00

Avtchala

Samoa

0:0

Sat

24/11

18.00

Vake

Tonga

0:0

Georgia Big 10  |  2018-19

Should resume on 30/11

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

ROUND 8 completed

Pts

F-A

W - L * D

$

Batumi Batumi

32

+108

7-1

4

Lokomotivi Tb

28

+70

6-2

4

Armazi Marneuli

26

+104

5-3

6

Kharebi Rustavi

24

+39

5-3

4

Lelo Saracens Tb ^

22

+23

5-3

2

Aia Kutaisi

22

+18

5-3

2

Jiki Gori

13

-42

2-6

5

Akademia Tbilisi

12

-95

2-5*1

2

Vepkhvebi Patardzeuli

9

-95

1-6*1

3

Armia Tbilisi

6

-130

1-7

2

On better ^ Head-to-Head


Rugby Summer Cup  |  2018

Tbilisi, Vake, Meskhi    MORE

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

All four squads [pdf]

Sat

28/07

19.00

Georgia

23:22

Argentina $

.

.

21.30

$ Racing

45:07

Brazil

DAY ONE STAT REPORT [pdf]


Fri

03/08

19.00

Racing

14:08

Argentina $

.

.

21.30

$ Georgia

18:20

Brazil

DAY TWO STAT REPORT [pdf]


COMPLETED

Pts

Diff

F:A

T

W-L

$

Racing 92 [FRA]

9

+44

59:15

9/2

2-0

1

Georgia XV

5

-1

41:42

4/5

1-1

1

Brazil

4

-36

27:63

3/9

1-1

0

Argentina XV

2

-7

30:37

4/4

0-2

2

Summer Tour  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

09/06

05.00

Suva

Tonga

16:15

Sat

16/06

07.30

Suva

Fiji

15:37

Sat

23/06

09.45

Toyota

Japan

_0:28

20U World Champs  |  2018

France Beziers, Narbonne, Pergignan

GEO Squad  |  MORE  |  Game Sheets

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Wed

30/05

20.30

PRP

SOUTH AFRICA

$27:33$

Sun

03/06

16.00

BZR

FRANCE

_12:24_

Thu

07/06

20.30

NRB

IRELAND

_24:20$

#

<A>

Pt

Diff

2

NZL

14

+108

6

WAL

8

-26

8

AUS

6

+21

12

JPN

1

-103

#

<B>

Pt

Diff

1

ENG

15

+84

5

ITA

10

-33

7

ARG

7

-9

11

SCO

1

-42

#

<C>

Pt

Diff

3

FRA

14

+31

4

RSA

11

+2

9

GEO

5

-14

10

IRE

2

-19

PLAY’OFF

Tue

12/06

20.30

PRP

JAPAN

24:22

Sun

17/06

15.30

BZR

SCOTLAND

39:31

LADDER

1. FRANCE

2. ENGLAND

3. SOUTH AFRICA

4. NEW ZEALAND

5. AUSTRALIA

6. ARGENTINA

7. WALES

8. ITALY

9. GEORGIA

10. SCOTLAND

11. IRELAND

12. JAPAN

Georgia Big 10  |  2017-18

Premiership Play-off

GRAND FINAL  13/05  |  GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Q1

Jiki #3

36:27

Kharebi #6

Q2

Batumi #4

30:8

Lelo Sara #5

QF

Lokomot #1

15:20

Aia #2

EF

Jiki

25:19

Batumi

PF

Lokomotivi

22:13

Jiki

GF

Aia

10:29

Lokomotivi

This is 10th League Title for
Georgian Railways' famous club

Home&Away completed

Pts

F-A

   W - L * D

$

Lokomotivi Tb ^

70

+238

15-3

10

Aia Kutaisi

70

+296

16-2

6

Jiki Gori ^

58

+162

11-6*1

12

Batumi Batumi

58

+132

12-5*1

8

Lelo Saracens Tb

47

+48

10-8

7

Kharebi Rustavi

44

-1

09-8*1

6

Akademia Tbilisi

33

+18

05-13

13

Armazi Marneuli

32

-87

06-11*1

6

Armia Tbilisi

15

-353

03-15

3

Bagrati Kutaisi

5

-453

01-17

1

On better ^ Head-to-Head

Europe U18 Champs  |  2018

Poznan (Poland)
GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

GEORGIA

SUN

25/03

14.00

1/4   Holland

69:12

WED

28/03

17.50

1/2   Portugal

25:0

SAT

31/03

17.50

  F   France

8:3

GEORGIA won the Title !

Rugby Europe Champs  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

10/02

14.00

Kutaisi Aia

Belgium

$ 47:0

Sat

17/02

17.30

Offenbach

Germany

$ 64:0

Sat

03/03

18.00

Tbilisi Meskhi

Spain

23:10

Sat

10/03

16.00

Krasnodar

Russia

$ 29:9

Sun

18/03

16.00

Tbilisi Dinamo

Romania

25:16

COMPLETED

Pts

F-A

TF

PF

 W-L

$

Georgia

24

+153

26

188

5-0

4

Romania

14

+118

28

198

3-2

2

Spain

13

+72

19

146

3-2

1

Russia

11

+58

19

142

2-3

3

Belgium

9

-76

14

106

2-3

1

Germany

0

-325

3

34

0-5

0

GEORGIA won
10th Official Title  |  12th Six Nations B
7th Grand Slam  |  11th Antim Cup

Continental Schield  |  2017-18

Batumi

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

14/10

17.00

A

Rovigo ITA

27:31

21/10

15.00

H

Heidelberg GER

33:16

09/12

18.00

A

Viadana ITA

27:31

16/12

15.00

H

Timisoara ROM

20:17

"A"

Pts

F-A

TMS ROM

14

+38

HDL GER

13

+22

RVG ITA

11

+3

VDN ITA

6

-62

"B"

Pts

F-A

CLV ITA

12

+55

BTM GEO

12

+12

PDV ITA

11

+31

LSB POR

4

-99

13/01 15.00 H

Timisoara ROM

6:11
20/01 16.00 A

Timisoara ROM

12:21

Timisoara proceed to semis

Autumn Tests  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/11

18.00

Dinamo

Canada

54:22

Sat

18/11

18.30

Cardiff

Wales

06:13

Sat

25/11

18.00

Vake

USA

21:20

Tour of Americas  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/06

01.00

Calgary

Canada

13:0

Sat

18/06

03.00

Atlanta

USA

21:17

Sat

24/06

23.15

Jujuy

Argentina

29:45

Georgia Big 10  |  2016-17

Premiership Play-off

Q2

Lelo Sara #4

15:5

Lokomotivi #5

Q1

Aia #3

7:13

Akademia #6

QF

Jiki #1

25:6

Batumi #2

EF

Akademia

26:31

Lelo Saracens

PF

Batumi

11:9

Lelo Saracens

GF

Jiki

28:22

Batumi

Jiki, who fields senior team since 2010,
won the Title for the first time!

8/04 @ 16.10

Pts

F-A

  W - L * D

$

Jiki Gori

61

+204

12-5*1

11

Batumi Batumi ^

59

+186

12-4*2

7

Aia Kutaisi

59

+126

13-5

7

Lelo Saracens Tb

58

+114

11-4*3

8

Lokomotivi Tb

51

+86

10-6*2

7

Akademia Tbilisi

42

=0

  9-9

6

Armia Tbilisi

37

-78

  8-10

5

Bagrati Kutaisi

22

-303

  4-14

6

Armazi Tbilisi ^

19

-168

  3-14*1

5

Qochebi Bolnisi

19

-167

  3-14*1

5

 ^  on better Head-to-Head

Top 6 qualified for Premiership Playoff
Qochebi relegated; Kharebi Rustavi are back into BIG 10
Armazi twice defeated Iveria Tbilisi to stay up

Rugby Europe Champs  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/02

18.00

Bruxelles

Belgium

$ 31:6

Sun

19/02

15.00

Rustavi

Germany

$ 50:6

Sat

04/03

19.00

Valladolid

Spain

20:10

Sun

12/03

18.00

Tbilisi Dinamo

Russia

28:14

Sun

19/03

17.00

Bucuresti

Romania

$ 7:8

ROMANIA reclaimed ANTIM IVERIANUL CUP

COMPLETED

Pts

F-A

TF

PF

 W-L

$

Romania ^

19

+44

16

122

4-1

3

Georgia

19

+92

19

136

4-1

3

Spain

13

+37

9

91

3-2

1

Russia

9

-10

14

107

2-3

1

Germany

8

-80

14

121

2-3

0

Belgium

2

-83

7

70

0-5

2

^  on better Head-to-Head

Autumn Tests  |  2016

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

12/11

15.00

Vake

Japan

22:28

Sat

19/11

15.00

Vake

Samoa

20:16

Sat

26/11

18.30

Kilmarnock

Scotland

16:43


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