November Internationals | Squad Update

28-Oct-2016

 

The Lelos will kick off their 2016 November International series campaign in less than three weeks’ time from now. Georgia will host two home internationals against Japan and Samoa, on 12th and 19th of November respectfully at Mikheil Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi. Both matches are scheduled for 15:00 KO Local time.

 

For the third test of the series, The Lelos will head to Kilmarnock, where Georgia will face Scotland in the historic match for the first time after RWC 2011 and on a Scottish soil.

 

To those planning to attend Georgia’s home internationals, match tickets can be purchased here TKT.GE/Rugby

 

Warm up camp in Toulouse

Georgia will start preparations for the November Internationals with the three days camp in Toulouse before the team gathers at a home camp. Georgian Head Coach will have 37 players available in Toulouse and the number will reduce to 30 when the team heads to Sheavrdeni High Performance Base in Tbilisi from November 7th.  

 

With the team ready to assemble in France here are Milton Haig’s comments on upcoming series, the squad and the camp:

 

November, a chance to get into TOP 10…

 

We can say that June was pretty successful and we achieved our goal of winning two tests, which was always the plan. Obviously having drawn 19-19 against Samoa was also a good result down in Islands. And it put as in good position. I think we are 0.2 or 0.3 points behind the Fiji in terms of tenth position and the reality is if have beaten Fiji by five more points, we probably would have been tenth already. But we are pretty happy obviously where we are and it is historic occasion for us to get into top ten if we have successful November. Logically we should make the top 10.

 

Again, this is good motivation for us, this something the team, the squad and the management knows about. I have talked about it to the “French” boys already couple of weeks ago, when we had player visits in France last month. So everybody is pretty excited about this opportunity. It just means we must do our work and prepare well. Obviously in the first two games against Japan and Samoa here in Georgia we’ve got to make sure that we put a good performance together.  

 

Visiting Foreign based players

 

We have not seen some of these boys since March. And it is just good catch up with everybody. To give them some feedback on how we think they play their club rugby. Some things we’d like to see them work on.  Also to accentuate some of the positives they are doing as well for their clubs. We have some boys playing very good club rugby in France.  But its mainly just to give them bit of an outline of again what our expectations will be once we get into camp next week in Toulouse and then once we assemble here in Georgia on the 6th and 7th of November. I really enforce the players to play Japan, Samoa, Scotland, and to win these matches we will have to be fit. So part of my emphases and talks to the players is making sure they present themselves at this camp. These are always good visits. The players appreciate that head coach is taking time to come over and to watch them play, but if we watch them train it will be good as well.

 

Warm up in Toulouse

 

We have what we call Regulation 9 camp, which World Rugby gives us during the official window. It is an opportunity for us as management and players to get together and really just to prepare properly for the following week and it’s a great opportunity to gather players, to go through our systems – tackle / defense. Again to outline our expectations, to set some goals and them as a group, pretty much start our preparation for official window, which starts on the 7th. So it gives us three days. We will also do the screenings, check players medically, test them and see if they physically are fit.  We are taking 37 players to this camp and then we’ll reduce that number to 30 to the official squad once we get here in Tbilisi.

 

Joint training with Fiji

 

We have been doing this probably for about three or four years specifically with Fiji, generally because they are in Toulouse at the same time when we are. So it’s a great opportunity. We’ll continue this again, our forwards will train with their forwards and our back with the backs. It’s great and we did it for the World Cup last year. Also it is another opportunity to connect with Fiji again, because I know several of the management and we have a quite close relationship. Now they have good forwards pack and obviously very good backs, thus its great opportunity for us again to test our systems against number 10th ranked team in the world.

 

The Squad

 

The squad itself is pretty settled – 90 % of squad has been in camp with us. If you start with forwards we have all our big names back again, our most experienced player are also there. November window is always the toughest window that we have during the year – now you can say that June is tough as well, but November traditionally is time when we have everybody available – We have got very experienced players who are playing very well in France – Mamuka Gorgodze obviously and Misha Nariashvili, Levan Chilachava as well and David Kubriashvili. They all are starting regularly for their teams, so again we are lucky to have them available. Also we’ve got couple of young players, who we have been keeping an eye on and who have already trained with the team. We also have some guys coming back from injury – Vito Kolelishvili, who has not played for a while, so we’ll see how he is progressing. So we have some boys that we are including that we also want to catch up with. Then you get through our halfbacks, through our tens and nines and midfielders… Tamaz Mchedlidze is playing very very well for Agen, Vaso Lobzhanidze had two starting positions in Challenge Cup for Brive. Again it will be good to see how those boys are progressing. For us it is pretty settled 23-25 players, but we have to make sure we keep introducing some younger guys as the four year plan is underway for 2019 world cup and it is important that we keep both things in mind.

 

Medical Jokers

 

We have always said that part of our role as national team is to help guys cement their places in their clubs and as medical jokers they have three month to prove themselves and if one of those months player is away with the national team it is quite difficult for them to show themselves to the club and cement contracts.

 

We have probably not included Anton Peikrishvili  due to obviously he is a medical joker with Ulster, but also he has not played for quite some time, he’s been injured and if we can give him opportunity to turn out for Ulster, then hopefully it will be good for him. As for Shalva Mamukashvili, I had a chat with him about this when I was in France, very same thing that it is important for us to make sure he gains permanent contract because in long run it’s good for him but also good for us. I said to Shalva that he would not be with us for November campaign, especially for first two games, I’ll be happy for him to stay there.

 

Five uncapped players

 

We have some five uncapped players called for the squad – Badri Alkhazishvili and Giorgi Chkoidze, both those boys are hookers. Badri because he has already played for Toulon, He is truing very well and very heavily motivated. To be honest he has been a player we always knew he would end up playing for the national team at some stage. He is somebody we always kept an eye on for at least three years. He’ll get some game time through this campaign and we want to see how he takes it.

 

Chkoidze is obviously a local player converted from loose forward to hooker. He is training with us on weekly bases and coaches have been very impressed with his adoptability, his work ethics, his mental capability as well. He is smart and really coachable. He does all the hard work at this local camp, but what we want to see is whether or not he can he can play on international level, even train on international level, because he is a loose forward converted to a hooker and he has to learn techniques of throwing and scrimmaging. Hi is somebody we think has got some potential, but again this is an opportunity for was to watch him little bit closer and with the big boys really.

 

Giorgi Koshadze of Junior Lelos

 

He is somebody that’s not new; again I have watched him for couple of years. I thought he had a very good U20 World Championship in Manchester, I though he played very well. He has got good work effort, he is big, he is strong and he is fast. I saw him playing that World Cup and he played very well in the most matches, if not in all. He was somebody we would obviously target. He obviously is a center by the position, but probably somebody who can play on a wing too cause he is quick enough and big enough. Again it is an opportunity for Koshadze to among the national team and to train with the “big guys”. We will be looking how he will be progressing there. He is a guy who has worked really really hard on local trainings and this is reward for his hard work.

 

Boys from Pacific tour – Anzor Sichinava and Giorgi Mchedlishvili

 

These boys were down at Pacific tour, trained very well. Mchedlishvili is probably under pressure, truing to crack it but again both of them work really hard on local level. The camp in Toulouse is another opportunity to get into national setup and to keep showing coaches and selectors that if there is opportunity they’ll take it. Both these players should be comfortable now, as they have been on tour with national side and I will be looking for them to be better at this Toulouse camp.

 

The Lelos squad for Toulouse Camp 31/10 - 02/11/2016

 

 

Pos

Player

Club [Lleague]

Born

Caps

Career Stats

 

Backs

 

FB

Merab KVIRIKASHVILI

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1983

95

14128C 136P 3D [743 pt] 4SB

FB

Beka TSIKLAURI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1989

24

4T 11C 15P 2D [93 pt]

WI

Sandro TODUA

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1987

57

7T 2SB

WI

Tamaz MTCHEDLIDZE

Agen [FRA Pro D2]

1993

42

6T SB

WI

Giorgi APTSIAURI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1994

19

T

WI

Anzor SITCHINAVA

Akademia [GEO Big 10]

1995

0

:

CE

Davit KATCHARAVA

Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1985

95

20T [4 Capt] 2SB

CE

Merab SHARIKADZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1993

44

8T [1 Capt]

CE

Giorgi KOSHADZE

Kharebi Rustavi [GEO Big 10]

1996 0

:

FH

Lasha MALAGHURADZE

Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1986

70

4T 38C 25P 3D [180 pt] 2SB

FH

Lasha KHMALADZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1988

47

7T 4C [43 pt]

FH

Revaz JINTCHVELASHVILI

Bagrati Kutaisi [GEO Big 10]

1995

2

:

HB

Giorgi BEGADZE

Qochebi Bolnisi [GEO Big 10]

1986

48

2SB

HB

Vazha KHUTSISHVILI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1993

22

:

HB

Vasil LOBZHANIDZE

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1996

15

:

 

Forwards

 

LH

Mikheil NARIASHVILI

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1990

36

2T SB

LH

Zurab ZHVANIA

Stade Français [FRA Top 14]

1991

26

8T 2SB

LH

Vasil KAKOVINI

Toulouse [FRA Top 14]

1989 24

 SB

HK

Jaba BREGVADZE

Worcester [ENG Prem]

1987

37

T 2SB

HK

Giorgi TCHQOIDZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1991 0

:

HK

Badri ALKHAZISHVILI

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1995 0

:

TH

Dudu KUBRIASHVILI

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1986

42

2T RC 2SB

TH

Levan CHILACHAVA

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1991

28

3T

TH

Kakha ASIESHVILI

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1987

24

2T

LK

Giorgi CHKHAIDZE

Domont [FRA Fed2]

1981

94

10T [1 Capt] 6SB

LK

Giorgi NEMSADZE

Bristol [ENG Prem]

1984

62

12T 4SB

LK

Kote MIKAUTADZE

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1991

42

2T 2SB

LK

Nodar TCHEISHVILI

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1990

4

:

BR

Mamuka GORGODZE

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1984

66

26T [8 Capt] 5SB

BR

Shalva SUTIASHVILI

Soyaux Angoulême [FRA Fed1]

1984

60

2T [15 Capt] 3SB

BR

Vito KOLELISHVILI

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1989 36

3T [1 Capt] 2RC 5SB

BR

Giorgi TKHILAISHVILI

Batumi [GEO Big 10]

1991

30

6T SB

BR

Lasha LOMIDZE

Beziers [FRA Pro D2]

1992

23

5SB

BR

Beka BITSADZE

Chambery [FRA Fed1]

1991

17

3T

BR

Saba SHUBITIDZE

Akademia [GEO Big 10]

1994

7

:

BR

Beka GORGADZE

Mont de Marsan [FRA Pro D2]

1996

7

SB

BR

Giorgi MTCHEDLISHVILI

Jiki Gori [GEO Big 10]

1993

0

:

 

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Georgian time
 
D10 | R5

Autumn Tests  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

10/11

18.00

Firenze

Italy

17:28

Sat

17/11

18.00

Avtchala

Samoa

27:19

Sat

24/11

18.00

Vake

Tonga

0:0

Georgia Big 10  |  2018-19

Should resume on 30/11

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

ROUND 8 completed

Pts

F-A

W - L * D

$

Batumi Batumi

32

+108

7-1

4

Lokomotivi Tb

28

+70

6-2

4

Armazi Marneuli

26

+104

5-3

6

Kharebi Rustavi

24

+39

5-3

4

Lelo Saracens Tb ^

22

+23

5-3

2

Aia Kutaisi

22

+18

5-3

2

Jiki Gori

13

-42

2-6

5

Akademia Tbilisi

12

-95

2-5*1

2

Vepkhvebi Patardzeuli

9

-95

1-6*1

3

Armia Tbilisi

6

-130

1-7

2

On better ^ Head-to-Head


Rugby Summer Cup  |  2018

Tbilisi, Vake, Meskhi    MORE

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

All four squads [pdf]

Sat

28/07

19.00

Georgia

23:22

Argentina $

.

.

21.30

$ Racing

45:07

Brazil

DAY ONE STAT REPORT [pdf]


Fri

03/08

19.00

Racing

14:08

Argentina $

.

.

21.30

$ Georgia

18:20

Brazil

DAY TWO STAT REPORT [pdf]


COMPLETED

Pts

Diff

F:A

T

W-L

$

Racing 92 [FRA]

9

+44

59:15

9/2

2-0

1

Georgia XV

5

-1

41:42

4/5

1-1

1

Brazil

4

-36

27:63

3/9

1-1

0

Argentina XV

2

-7

30:37

4/4

0-2

2

Summer Tour  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

09/06

05.00

Suva

Tonga

16:15

Sat

16/06

07.30

Suva

Fiji

15:37

Sat

23/06

09.45

Toyota

Japan

_0:28

20U World Champs  |  2018

France Beziers, Narbonne, Pergignan

GEO Squad  |  MORE  |  Game Sheets

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Wed

30/05

20.30

PRP

SOUTH AFRICA

$27:33$

Sun

03/06

16.00

BZR

FRANCE

_12:24_

Thu

07/06

20.30

NRB

IRELAND

_24:20$

#

<A>

Pt

Diff

2

NZL

14

+108

6

WAL

8

-26

8

AUS

6

+21

12

JPN

1

-103

#

<B>

Pt

Diff

1

ENG

15

+84

5

ITA

10

-33

7

ARG

7

-9

11

SCO

1

-42

#

<C>

Pt

Diff

3

FRA

14

+31

4

RSA

11

+2

9

GEO

5

-14

10

IRE

2

-19

PLAY’OFF

Tue

12/06

20.30

PRP

JAPAN

24:22

Sun

17/06

15.30

BZR

SCOTLAND

39:31

LADDER

1. FRANCE

2. ENGLAND

3. SOUTH AFRICA

4. NEW ZEALAND

5. AUSTRALIA

6. ARGENTINA

7. WALES

8. ITALY

9. GEORGIA

10. SCOTLAND

11. IRELAND

12. JAPAN

Georgia Big 10  |  2017-18

Premiership Play-off

GRAND FINAL  13/05  |  GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Q1

Jiki #3

36:27

Kharebi #6

Q2

Batumi #4

30:8

Lelo Sara #5

QF

Lokomot #1

15:20

Aia #2

EF

Jiki

25:19

Batumi

PF

Lokomotivi

22:13

Jiki

GF

Aia

10:29

Lokomotivi

This is 10th League Title for
Georgian Railways' famous club

Home&Away completed

Pts

F-A

   W - L * D

$

Lokomotivi Tb ^

70

+238

15-3

10

Aia Kutaisi

70

+296

16-2

6

Jiki Gori ^

58

+162

11-6*1

12

Batumi Batumi

58

+132

12-5*1

8

Lelo Saracens Tb

47

+48

10-8

7

Kharebi Rustavi

44

-1

09-8*1

6

Akademia Tbilisi

33

+18

05-13

13

Armazi Marneuli

32

-87

06-11*1

6

Armia Tbilisi

15

-353

03-15

3

Bagrati Kutaisi

5

-453

01-17

1

On better ^ Head-to-Head

Europe U18 Champs  |  2018

Poznan (Poland)
GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

GEORGIA

SUN

25/03

14.00

1/4   Holland

69:12

WED

28/03

17.50

1/2   Portugal

25:0

SAT

31/03

17.50

  F   France

8:3

GEORGIA won the Title !

Rugby Europe Champs  |  2018

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

10/02

14.00

Kutaisi Aia

Belgium

$ 47:0

Sat

17/02

17.30

Offenbach

Germany

$ 64:0

Sat

03/03

18.00

Tbilisi Meskhi

Spain

23:10

Sat

10/03

16.00

Krasnodar

Russia

$ 29:9

Sun

18/03

16.00

Tbilisi Dinamo

Romania

25:16

COMPLETED

Pts

F-A

TF

PF

 W-L

$

Georgia

24

+153

26

188

5-0

4

Romania

14

+118

28

198

3-2

2

Spain

13

+72

19

146

3-2

1

Russia

11

+58

19

142

2-3

3

Belgium

9

-76

14

106

2-3

1

Germany

0

-325

3

34

0-5

0

GEORGIA won
10th Official Title  |  12th Six Nations B
7th Grand Slam  |  11th Antim Cup

Continental Schield  |  2017-18

Batumi

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

14/10

17.00

A

Rovigo ITA

27:31

21/10

15.00

H

Heidelberg GER

33:16

09/12

18.00

A

Viadana ITA

27:31

16/12

15.00

H

Timisoara ROM

20:17

"A"

Pts

F-A

TMS ROM

14

+38

HDL GER

13

+22

RVG ITA

11

+3

VDN ITA

6

-62

"B"

Pts

F-A

CLV ITA

12

+55

BTM GEO

12

+12

PDV ITA

11

+31

LSB POR

4

-99

13/01 15.00 H

Timisoara ROM

6:11
20/01 16.00 A

Timisoara ROM

12:21

Timisoara proceed to semis

Autumn Tests  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/11

18.00

Dinamo

Canada

54:22

Sat

18/11

18.30

Cardiff

Wales

06:13

Sat

25/11

18.00

Vake

USA

21:20

Tour of Americas  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/06

01.00

Calgary

Canada

13:0

Sat

18/06

03.00

Atlanta

USA

21:17

Sat

24/06

23.15

Jujuy

Argentina

29:45

Georgia Big 10  |  2016-17

Premiership Play-off

Q2

Lelo Sara #4

15:5

Lokomotivi #5

Q1

Aia #3

7:13

Akademia #6

QF

Jiki #1

25:6

Batumi #2

EF

Akademia

26:31

Lelo Saracens

PF

Batumi

11:9

Lelo Saracens

GF

Jiki

28:22

Batumi

Jiki, who fields senior team since 2010,
won the Title for the first time!

8/04 @ 16.10

Pts

F-A

  W - L * D

$

Jiki Gori

61

+204

12-5*1

11

Batumi Batumi ^

59

+186

12-4*2

7

Aia Kutaisi

59

+126

13-5

7

Lelo Saracens Tb

58

+114

11-4*3

8

Lokomotivi Tb

51

+86

10-6*2

7

Akademia Tbilisi

42

=0

  9-9

6

Armia Tbilisi

37

-78

  8-10

5

Bagrati Kutaisi

22

-303

  4-14

6

Armazi Tbilisi ^

19

-168

  3-14*1

5

Qochebi Bolnisi

19

-167

  3-14*1

5

 ^  on better Head-to-Head

Top 6 qualified for Premiership Playoff
Qochebi relegated; Kharebi Rustavi are back into BIG 10
Armazi twice defeated Iveria Tbilisi to stay up

Rugby Europe Champs  |  2017

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/02

18.00

Bruxelles

Belgium

$ 31:6

Sun

19/02

15.00

Rustavi

Germany

$ 50:6

Sat

04/03

19.00

Valladolid

Spain

20:10

Sun

12/03

18.00

Tbilisi Dinamo

Russia

28:14

Sun

19/03

17.00

Bucuresti

Romania

$ 7:8

ROMANIA reclaimed ANTIM IVERIANUL CUP

COMPLETED

Pts

F-A

TF

PF

 W-L

$

Romania ^

19

+44

16

122

4-1

3

Georgia

19

+92

19

136

4-1

3

Spain

13

+37

9

91

3-2

1

Russia

9

-10

14

107

2-3

1

Germany

8

-80

14

121

2-3

0

Belgium

2

-83

7

70

0-5

2

^  on better Head-to-Head

Autumn Tests  |  2016

GEORGIA

GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

12/11

15.00

Vake

Japan

22:28

Sat

19/11

15.00

Vake

Samoa

20:16

Sat

26/11

18.30

Kilmarnock

Scotland

16:43


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