Georgian Squad Announced for ENC 2015

23-Jan-2015

 

Georgian National Team will kick off its International season with the European National Cup 1A 2015 campaign. On February 7, The Lelos will travel to Heusenstamm to face Germany at Sportpark Martinsee stadium. As 2015 is a RWC year, the Georgian coaching staff considers ENC 2015 and other scheduled matches as valuable opportunity to check players for final Georgian world cup squad. With that in mind, Georgian Head Coach Milton Haig named 27 men training squad today for the first two ENC fixtures (against Germany and against Portugal). The coaching Staff will add one more player to the squad soon before departure to Toulouse, where Georgian team will assemble for one week camp.

“We have 3 to 4 injured players at the moment, so our selection for first 2 games is based on that. This is an opportunity for us to check players, who we want to play at different positions. Also this is a chance for us to check some of those, who we wanted to see in National Team for last 6 month, but really did not have the opportunity to give them a shot” said Milton Haig. “There also are players that have not been selected for a long time, such as Vakhtang Maisuradze, who has been injured for about nine month and only started playing recently. We have Vasil Kakovin, who also has been injured for some time and has not played for the national team for over a year. Gladly Mamuka Gorgodze, Davit Zirakashvili and Shalva Sutiashvili are back with the team, whom we missed during November Internationals because of injuries.”  

At Different Positions

Coaches decided to check prop Zurab Zhvania as a hooker and to move the winger Tamaz Mchedlidze to mid field - “This is something the coaches have been talking about for last six month. It is an opportunity for us to see Zhvania as a hooker. It is a very valuable option to have someone being able to play prop and hooker. As for Tamaz Mchedlidze, the first position I have ever sow him playing was center. He is massive, strong and can create opportunities in attack. At the game against Japan he went there taking this position after David Kacharava’s injury in the debut of the match. He has played there enough. We think he still needs to learn some things in midfield, but going forward, I think that will be his position in the end.  It also gives us opportunity to free up space at wing to start looking at Alexandre Todua and Alexandre Khutsishvili” said Georgian Head Coach.

Current selection also features two uncapped players, whom Haig considers to give a chance. One of them is Alexandre Khutsishvili (no relations to scrum half Vazha Khutsishvili), Georgian Sevens player - “We have been monitoring Alex for more than a year. He has been with our local players training squad and has played well for the Sevens Team in past. After Irakli Machkhaneli’s retirement, we now obviously have open space. Alex is big, fast and we are looking for somebody who can offload well and use his feet quick. So I want to give him a chance on international level and see what he brings.

Another Georgian possibly to win his first international cap is young Vasil Lobzhanidze, who has been very productive for all Georgian age grade teams. Milton Haig said: “Our scrum half Vazha Khutsishvili played very well against Japan, he was probably one of stand outs, but he has picked up minor thigh muscle injury unfortunately. Reality is that with the first two games it gives us opportunity to see Vaso Lobzhanidze play at International level and coaches have always had that on mind. It might not mean that he gets to play in the rest of the tournament, but we think this is a promotion for him and to give him chance. And having world cup in mind, we certainly see those three scrum halves – Giorgi Begadze, Vazha Khutsishvili and Vaso Lobzhanidze as options for the squad. Vaso is truing very very well. For last six month he has improved dramatically and he is very promising.”

Players unavailable due to injuries: Victor Kolelishvili, David Khinchagashvili (both with knee), Tedore Zibzibadze, Jaba Bregvadze (both going through injury rehabilitation) and Vazha Khutsishvili (Thigh Muscle)

Georgian National Team Selection for ENC 1A 2015 matches against Germany (07/02/2015) and Portugal (14/02/2015):

#

Name

Club

DOB

CAP

 

BACKS

15

Merab Kvirikashvili

Montlucon FRA

1983

80

12T 103C 101P 3DG [578 Pts]

15

Giorgi Aptsiauri

AIA RC

1994

1

:

14/11

Sandro Todua

Lelo Saracens

1987

45

3T 

14/11

Alex Khutsishvili

Kochebi RC

1992

0

:

13/12

David Kacharava

Enisei RUS

1985

76

14T [4 CAP]

13/12

Merab Sharikadze

Aurilliac FRA

1993

28

7T [1 CAP]

13/12

Tamaz Mchedlidze

Agen FRA

1993

21

4T

10

Lasha Malaguradze

Stad Bagnerais FRA

1986

51

324C 20P 3DG [132 Pts]

10

Lasha Khmaladze

Lelo Saracens

1988

34

4T

9

Giorgi Begadze

Kochebi RC

1986

28

:

9

Vasil Lobzhanidze

Armazi RC

1996

0

:

FORWARDS

1

Vasil Kakovin

Toulouse FRA

1989

24

1T 

1

Mikheil Nariashvili

Montpelier FRA

1990

21

1T

2

Shalva Mamukashvili

Sale Sharks ENG

1990

27

3T

2

Zurab Zhvania

Stade Francais FRA

1991

13

2T 

3

David Zirakashvili

Clermont FRA

1983

44

 9T [1 CAP]

3

David Kubriashvili

Stade Francais FRA

1986

38

2T

3

Levan Chilachava

Toulon FRA

1991

18

3T

4/5

Giorgi Chkhaidze

Lille FRA

1981

78

10T [1 CAP]

4/5

Giorgi Nemsadze

Tarbes FRA

1984

44

8T

4/5

Kote Mikautadze

Toulon FRA

1991

26

1T

4/5

Vakhtang Maisuradze

Albi FRA

1987

22

2T

6/7

Mamuka Gorgodze

Toulon FRA

1984

57

 24T [2 CAP]

6/7

Shalva Sutiashvili

Massy FRA

1984

43

 1T [2 CAP]

6/7

Giorgi Tkhilaishvili

Batumi RC

1991

16

1T 

8

Beka Bitsadze

Locomotive RC

1991

9

1T

8

Lasha Lomidze

Beziers FRA

1992

6

1T

 

 

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