New Zealand – Georgia


Cardiff, October 2 – Few hours are left until Georgia will take New Zealand at Millenium Stadium for the first time ever.


Guest from New Zealand

Yesterday the Georgian team was visited in Cardiff by the supporters representative from  Wairarapa. This region hosted Georgia for two weeks during the previous Rugby World Cup. As the adopted team, the New Zealanders from Wairarapa support The Lelos at the current World Cup.

During the meeting, the Wairarapa representative took photos together with the Georgian players and passed them memorable gifts.


All Blacks expectations



On Georgia coach Milton Haig, his coach with New Zealand youth squads:

"He is an astute coach, a very good coach who did defence with us at colts level. I think it's great that these guys get a chance to coach at international level. There are a number oif foreign coaches, perhaps New Zealanders, coaching around the world and it's lifting the game."

"He seems to be doing a great job. We have all seen the Georgians play and they are playing with a great structure and we know they are well coached."

On the prospect of playing against Georgia back row Mamuka Gorgodze:

"It's great. He has been performing pretty well and he is the key man in their group. He certainly likes to give them some go forward."


From the touchline

An email from the Georgia team with the Lelos line-up for the match against New Zealand on Friday raised a few eyebrows in the Rugby News Service office on Wednesday. Rather than full player names, it listed their nicknames, including 'Bingo' and 'Chacooch'. And coach Milton Haig (NZL) is obviously looking for some action in the backline, with a certain 'Van Dam' (aka Giorgi Aptsiauri) selected on the wing.


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