Sides at their final preparations for IRB Tbilisi Cup final round 3


South Africa President’s XV vs. Georgia


The South Africa President’s XV side has made three changes from the team that defeated Emerging Ireland last Tuesday for tomorrow afternoon’s clash with Georgia at the Avchala Stadium.


Victory for the South African’s will see them claim the inaugural Tbilisi Cup. The changes Jimmy Stonehouse has made include Sinovuyo Nyoka in at scrum half, Jaco Bouwer in at blindside flanker and Renaldo Bothma has recovered from injury to take his place at number 8.


Jimmy Stonehouse said: “Georgia will be a different challenge from Emerging Ireland. We will go into it with the mindset that it will be very physical. They have big guys in their team from number 1 to number 15. They are all big and strong and it is going to be a tough battle but for us. It is however a very important game for us to win as well.”




The Georgians have made 11 changes from the side that beat Uruguay 27-3 on Tuesday with only Beka Tsiklauri, Todua Aleksandre, Vakhtang Maisuradze and Beka Bitsadze retaining their places in the starting line-up.


Coach Milton Haig said: “We have picked up a few knocks in matches and training so we have been forced into a few changes. Having said that, the boys that I have selected are committed to the job ahead. They have a chance to win the inaugural Tbilisi Cup and they are going to work hard to try and achieve this. It will be a challenge as the South African’s have a good backline with plenty of pace. Our squad of 22 is relishing the challenge.”






Emerging Ireland vs. Uruguay


Emerging Ireland has made four changes to the side that played South Africa President’s XV on Tuesday for tomorrow afternoon’s match with Uruguay.


Eoin Griffin is recalled to the centre to partner Noel Reid and Rob Herring is recalled to hooker in place of Niall Annett. David O’Callaghan comes into the second row and Eoin McKeon will pack down at number 8.


Coach Allen Clark said: “We are looking to convert our chances tomorrow. We have created enough but have so far failed to convert our chances and that is what we have spent most of our time on this week. The Uruguayans have been passionate and physical all week and we expect the same tomorrow from them.”




Uruguay has made two changes and three positional changes for the final match of the tournament. Gaston Gubernau, Pablo Bueno and Joaquin Prada all retain their place in the backline but switch position. Arturo Avalo comes in at hooker and will captain the side. Juan De Freitas comes into the back row.


Pablo Lemoine’s side is yet to register a point and he is hopeful his side will go out there tomorrow and give a strong account of themselves. He said: “We hope it will be a good game. It has been a tough few 12 days for our young squad but we will learn from this experience. What we are keen to do tomorrow is switch up the attack between backs and forwards and see if we can challenge a strong Ireland side.”


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