Georgian 31 men squad announced for RWC 2015

01-Sep-2015

As few as 17 days are left to the world’s largest rugby spectacle to start in England. On September 18th the fans from the entire world will witness England and Fiji kicking off Rugby World Cup 2015. A day after Georgia will head to Kingsholm pitch to face their Pool C opposition Tonga.

 

Two phases of long and tiresome Preparations

 

With the long term preparation process underway already for some year and a half, Georgia started the RWC camps in the end of June 2015. This period found The Lelos going through two phases of buildup. The stage one consisted of 3 weeks long Strength and Conditioning camp at Shevardeni High Performance base in Tbilisi, during which former England fitness coach Calvin Morris took the team through the series of increasingly intensive trainings.

 

For the phase two, the team returned to home base after a week off and continued with S&C session, before departure to Centiewo Olympic Base in Poland, where they continued with fitness sessions adding benefit of Cryotherapy - the players went through 2-3 minutes procedures in special Cryonic chambers with the temperature of minus120 centigrade, thus enabling them fast recovery. 

 

The third phase to go until the RWC 2015

 

For the final stage of their RWC preparations, The Lelos traveled to England on August 24, where at Surrey Sports Park they continue the camp before engaging into RWC officially on September 13th. The team has already played one out of three RWC warm up match against premiership side Newcastle Falcons on August 28th, which finished in favor of hosts 27:7.

 

For the second RWC warm up Georgia will face Canada in the test tomorrow at Molosey Road in Esher. And the final warm up will find Georgia competing against Japan on September 5th, at their RWC 2015 venue of Kingsholm in Gloucester.

 

Competitive squad building

 

Rugby World Cup 2015 is ahead. Georgia’s goal to win two pool matches, was set long time ago. The coaching staff has been working hard for last four years to make this goal achievable and during this period they never feared for experiments and giving chance for younger players, thus finally shaping tournament 31 with Mamuka Gorgodze (Toulon, TOP 14, Fra) as  captain and Lasha Khmaladze (Lelo Saracens, Didi 10, Geo) as vice-captain.

 

 

 

Milton Haig on Georgia’s RWC 2015 squad:

 

“We’ve been building a competitive squad to compete at the RWC since 2012. The selection process has been on-going for some months and we have finally come down to the 31 players the will take part. The team is a mix of very experienced players and young exciting talent with 2 players, Merab Kvirikashvili and Giorgi Chkhaidze participating in their 4th Rugby World Cup.

 

“The squad was debated extensively by the selectors and due to the fact that we have built depth in positions over the last 4 years, some very good players missed the initial selection. However as every other coach has already said after naming their RWC squads, the players that missed out could become very important and could play a major role if there are injuries.

 

“Our objective in the last 2 months was to select and train the 'best ever prepared Georgian rugby team to compete at a World Cup' and we certainly think that's what we have achieved.”

 

The Lelos 31 men squad for RWC 2015

No

Names

Club

b

caps

career totals

 

Backs

 

15

Merab KVIRIKASHVILI

Montluçon [FRA Fed1]

1983

84

12t 108c 119p 3d [642 pts] 3sb

15

Beka TSIKLAURI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO]

1989 20

2t 11c 15p 2d [83 pts]

15

Giorgi APTSIAURI

Aia Kutaisi [GEO]

1994

8

-

14/11

Sandro TODUA

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO]

1987

48

5t 2sb

14/12

Tamaz MTCHEDLIDZE

Agen [FRA Pro D2]

1993

29

4t

14/11

Muraz GIORGADZE

Armazi Tbilisi [GEO]

1994 6

t

14/11

Giorgi PRUIDZE

Aia Kutaisi [GEO]

1994 3

-

13/12

Davit KATCHARAVA

Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS]

1985

81

17t [4 capt] sb

13/12

Merab SHARIKADZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1993

34

7t [1 capt]

10

Lasha MALAGHURADZE

Bagneres [FRA Fed1]

1986

56

327c 22p 3d [144 pts] 2sb

10

Lasha KHMALADZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO]

1988

38

5t 4c [33 pts]

9

Giorgi BEGADZE

Qochebi Bolnisi [GEO]

1986

34

2sb

9

Vazha KHUTSISHVILI

Kharebi Rustavi [GEO]

1993

19

-

9

Vasil LOBZHANIDZE

Armazi Tbilisi [GEO]

1996

5

-

 

Forwards

 

1

Mikheil NARIASHVILI

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1990

26

sb

1

Kakha ASIESHVILI

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1987 10

t

2

Simon MAISURADZE

Valence [FRA Fed1]

1986

32

sb

2

Shalva MAMUKASHVILI

Sale Sharks [ENG Prem]

1990

29

3t

2

Jaba BREGVADZE

Qochebi Bolnisi [GEO]

1987 27

t

3

Davit ZIRAKASHVILI

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1983

48

 9t [1 capt] 3sb

3

Dudu KUBRIASHVILI

Stade Française [FRA Top 14]

1986

39

2t rc sb

3

Levan CHILACHAVA

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1991

23

3t

4/8

Giorgi CHKHAIDZE

Lille [FRA Fed1]

1981

83

10t [1 capt] 6sb

4/5

Levan DATUNASHVILI

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1983

69

3t [3 capt] 6sb

4/5

Giorgi NEMSADZE

Tarbes [FRA Pro D2]

1984

49

9t 3sb

4/5

Kote MIKAUTADZE

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1991

34

2t 2sb

7/8

Mamuka GORGODZE

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1984

59

 24t [2 capt] 4sb

6/7

Shalva SUTIASHVILI

Massy [FRA Pro D2]

1984

48

 t [7 capt] 3sb

6/7

Vito KOLELISHVILI

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1989

31

3t [1 capt2rc 4sb

6/7

Giorgi TKHILAISHVILI

Batumi [GEO]

1991

20

sb

8

Lasha LOMIDZE

Beziers [FRA Pro D2]

1992

12

2t sb

 

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