The Lelos squad for Tbilisi Cup 2015



In 8 days’ time Georgian capital will join the summer rugby fever with, when World Rugby Tbilisi Cup 2015  kicks off at Avchala Stadium. Tournament spread for three match days – June 13, 17 and 21. With South Africa President’s XV wining the inaugural tournament back in 2013 and Argentina Jaguars in 2014 it now Georgia, Uruguay, Emerging Ireland and Emerging Italy to compete in tournament’s 2015 edition to raise the trophy on 21st of June.

Georgian Squad

Tbilisi Cup is perfect tournament that is aimed for development and the Georgian coaching staff considers this year’s edition as one of the preparations stage for RWC 2015. Milton Haig called for 26 players for the squad with one 27th to be named after Emerging Georgia finishes its two match friendly series against Welsh Crawshay’s XV on June 6.

“We want to look at some players from Emerging Georgia. I don’t guarantee them the positions, but we have some good players in Emerging Georgia. They’ve got the opportunity and they have to prove us if they are good enough to play. The key thing is that if we will see players perform well in Emerging Georgia, we will pick some of them, if they don’t, we will pick from other candidates.” Said Milton Haig.

Tbilisi Cup squad will also feature some of Georgian senior players who have not been selected for long time because of injuries. Such as – Jaba Bregvadze, Vasil Kakovin, Victor Kolelishvili and Dimitri Basilaia

Milton Haig continues: “Tbilisi cup is a big development tournament for us. This year we called for guys, who haven’t played rugby for a long time before we actually start our world cup training camps. It’s also an opportunity for some guys who are preferable of the team selection. It gives them a chance to find spot 36 men selection. Everybody who plays in Tbilisi Cup has an opportunity. The players like Giorgi Talakhadze and Giorgi Pruidze, who we really want to see play and check if they can handle this. Tbilisi Cup is a big tournament for Lasha Malaghuradze as well, because we place a lot of faith on him. We thought he played really well against Romania.”

Players called for Tbilisi Cup 2015:

Backs: Beka Tsiklauri (Locomotive RC), Giorgi Aptsiauri (AIA), Muraz Giorgadze (Armazi), Alexandre Khutsishvili (Bolnisi Kochebi RC), Giorgi Pruidze (AIA),Revaz Giaguri (Montlucon Fra), MErab Sharikadze (Aurillac Fra), Tamaz Mchedlidze (Agen Fra),  Giorgi Talakhadze (Lelo Saracens), Lasha Malaguradze (Bagneres Fra), Vazha Khutsishvili (Kharebi RC), Giorgi Begadze (Bolnisi Kochebi)


Forwards: Jaba Bregvadze (Bolnisi Kochebi), Simon Maisuradze (Valence Fra), Vasil Kakovin (Toulouse Fra), Zurab Zhvania (Stade Francais Fra), Anton Peikrishvili (Brive Fra), Irakli Mirtskhulava (Tarbes Fra), Nikoloz Khatiashvili (Aurillac Fra), Giorgi Chkhaidze (Lille Fra), Konstantine Mikautadze (Touloun Fra), Levan Datunashvili (Aurillac Fra), Victor Kolelishvili  (Clermont Fra), Lasha Lomidze (Beziersh Fra), Dimitri Basilaia (Perpignan Fra), Beka Bitsadze (Locomotive RC)

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