Junior Lelos squad

20-May-2016

 

With little bit more than two weeks’ time, Georgia will comepete in World Rugby U20 championship for the first time in country’s rugby history after wining U20 trophy last year in Lisbon. And as next year Georgia will host the tournament at home soil, it is twice as important for Junior Lelos to gain experience of playing against world’s best teams. And experience is guaranteed as our pool features Wales, Ireland and defending champions New Zealand. 

 

Georgia pool Stage matches (Georgian time):


07/06/16 New Zealand vs Georgia KO 22:45 A J Bell Stadium;

11/06/16 Wales vs Georgia KO 18:45 Manchester City Academy;

15/06/16 Ireland vs Georgia KO 20:30 Manchester City Academy;

 

Final week at Camp

 

Junior Lelos started their final stage of preparations on April 7, after resting from South American tour, where they played 2-2 matches against their Argentinean and Uruguayan peers. The first two weeks featured combined program of strength and conditioning and Rugby skills. Followed by Easter break, team returned to camp on May 1, whilst bigger attention was brought to rugby and field trainings during the second part of the camp.

 

“As my local players had relevantly less playing time in Georgia compering to those who play in France, we paid more attention to S&C program in the beginning, but now it is 70 to 30 percentage wise in favor of skills and rugby training.” Said the head coach Ilia Maisuradze.

 

Soon the foreign based player joined the camp except of Beka Gorgadze (Mon de Marsan, Giorgi Javakhia (Lyon Espoirs) and Lasha Tabidze (Bordeux Espoirs), who will join us already in Manchester. And now, with the core being already shaped, team will spend remaining three training days at the base before finishing the camp on May 25 and head to Manchester on May 30.

“We will use the remaining period to master our skills and to work on our game plan before we leave for England. Although we plan to have at least five training days after we get to Manchester, but will spend some time on recovery before the tournament kick off.”

 

Tournament Squad

 

Reduced to 28 from 39, Georgian coaching staff named Junior Lelos’ tournament squad today. Ilia Maisuradze said: “Some of the players failed to recover from previous injuries unfortunately and some just were not in the condition required. Hoping we will not have serious injuries, but if needed, those who stay in Georgia will train in accordance to individual programs and be ready to be called for the team for replacement.”

 

Current squad features those who won last year’s Junior Trophy and three juniors with senior team experience. Coaching staff obviously worked to build the depth as most of the squad consists of players able to cover other positions.

 

“As we are to have the most difficult tournament in our history so far and as matches are once in every four day, we obviously will not have much time to work on major improvements and will spend time for recovery and analyses, thus we tried to select side with players being able to cover more than one position from game to game” said Maisuradze when describing selection. He also added:

 

“Experienced players will have bigger role as in tournaments like this, it is highly important to resist to the pressure, which we obviously will have. The core of our team consists of players who have played together through all age grade teams of Georgia, with some of them played their role in last year’s successful U20 Trophy campaign. Obviously having players with senior international experience such as Giorgi Melikidze and Vice-captain Beka Gorgadze in selection is an asset, but we are extremely lucky to have Vasil Lobzhanidze as a captain, as his senior Rugby World Cup experience will do a magnificent job to the team.”

 

Georgia quad for World Rugby U20 Championship 2016

Backs

 

15

Sandro Merkvilishvili  

Armia Tbilisi

15

Mirian Modebadze  

Aia Kutaisi

15

Irakli Svanidze

Jiki Gori

14/11

Davit Meskhi

Armia Tbilisi

14/11

Lado Miminoshvili  

Batumi Batumi

13/12

Sandro Iluridze

Akademia Tbilisi

13/12

Guram Kandaurashvili  

Kharebi Rustavi

13/12

Giorgi Koshadze 

Kharebi Rustavi

13/12

Giorgi Kveseladze

Iunkerebi Kiketi

10

Davit  Modzghvrishvili  

Akademia Tbilisi

10

Rati Shanidze

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi

9

Gela Aprasidze

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi

9

Vasil Lobzhanidze

Armazi Tbilisi

 

Forwards

 

1

Tornike Mataradze  

Aia Kutaisi

1

Nika Neparidze

Clermont [FRA]

2

Luka Goginava

Lokomotivi Tbilisi

2

Giorgi Khuroshvili  

Armazi Tbilisi

2

Lasha Sajaia

Jiki Gori

3

Giorgi Melikidze

Stade [FRA]  

3

Lasha Tabidze

Bordeux [FRA]

4/5

Mikheil Babunashvili

Aia Kutaisi

4/5

Demur Epremidze  

Qochebi Bolnisi

4/5

Otar Giorgadze

Clermont [FRA]

4/5

Giorgi Javakhia

Lyon [FRA]

6/7/8

Beka Gorgadze

Mont de Marsan [FRA]

6/7/8

Ilia Spanderashvili  

Armia Tbilisi

6/7/8

Irakli Tskhadadze  

Armazi Tbilisi

6/7/8

Giorgi  Tsutskiridze

Brive [FRA]

 

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