Two joint trainings ahead the end of phase 3



With 11 days left before World Cup Kicks off, The Lelos continue with their last preparation stage in England. Past period found The Lelos going through two phases of buildup. The stages consisted of Strength and Conditioning camp at Shevardeni High Performance base in Tbilisi and fitness sessions with adding benefit of Cryotherapy at Centiewo Olympic Base in Poland. 


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 campaign on September 13. The third phase included all three RWC warm up matches, which had the vital importance for improvement of playing areas.


The first warm up was held against premiership side Newcastle Falcons on August 28th, which finished in favor of hosts. Unfortunately, the prop Zurab Zhvania and the center Giorgi Talakhadze got the injuries and had to quit the preparation stage. The hooker Simon Maisuradze and the winger Muraz Giorgadze were called for camp to replace them.


The second warm-up found Georgia facing Canada in Esher, which was the teams’ fourth encounter. Although The Lelos lost to Canada, the purpose for this fixture was to test and practice the skills.


In two days’ time, on September 5, the Georgians took their third warm up against Japan in Gloucester, at Kingsholm Stadium. This fixture was considered as the rehearsal ahead of the World Cup, as the first RWC encounter between Tonga and Georgia will take place at the same venue.


Milton Haig about the 3 match warm up series assessment and future plans:


“During these test-matches we identified some errors and worked on their improvement. The team may train as long as you want and be in the best physical condition, but it’s not enough without the game practice. We’ve got a good experience with all these warm-ups.”


There are some other activities planned as well through the duration phase three remaining period. Fiji and Canada will visit The Lelos at Surrey Sports Park for joint training sessions on 8th and 9th of September respectfully.


“With Fiji and Canada, we will split in two groups. Accordingly the forwards and backs will train separately. There will be the second time for us of joint training with Fiji, as last time we did it in Toulouse, when we were preparing for last November test-series. It would be a great opportunity to improve mauls, scrums and line-outs. For the rest of the time, we will fully concentrate on the match against Tonga.”





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