Rugby Europe | The Spanish Camp

25-Feb-2017

© Gogita Bukhaidze

 

Georgia, who currently top the Rugby Europe Championship table, faces Spain with slightly updated squad. The match scheduled for March 4 (KO 19.00 Georgian Time) will takes place in small town of Medina Del Campo not far away from Valladolid, the Spanish Ruby heartland.

 

Squad Updates

 

The Lelos managed to win previous two matches with bonus points and without conceding a single try away against Belgium 31:6 and at home against Germany 50:6. As both of the Hookers from that squad got injured during Germany game, Milton Haig decided to call for much-experienced players – Jaba Bregvadze and Shalva Mamukashvili.

 

As Spain is significantly stronger side then previous two, Georgian coach also decided to bring Montpellier’s powerful lock Kote Mikautadze back to squad.  Young scrum half Vasil Lobzhanidze also joins the team for the Spainish camp. As for the back three – Haig stays faithful to his plan to give a chance to young and promising players as he brings Irakli Svanidze of RC Jiki and seasons “discovery” - Soso Matuashvili of RC Academia (both clubs from ‘Didi 10’, Geoorgian home premiership tier one division), who has been successfully playing for Georgia Sevens recently.

 

"We have called in Jaba Bregvadze and Shalva Mamukashvili due to injury of both hookers used for the first 2 games. Badri Alkhazashvili will be out for at least 4 weeks and Giorgi Chkoidze probably for the next 2 weeks.

 

“Mikautadze comes back because we feel we need more lock cover and if we have an injury, we become vulnerable in that position.

 

“We are calling Vaska Lobzhanidze because he isn't playing much for his Top14 club's top team and we think he will add value to what we are trying to do with regards to our style of play. 

 

“Both Matiashvili and Svanidze are part of our continued development plan and although not initially included in the first 2 games 'squad' we were always going to get them involved at some stage for the last 3 games.

 

“We are interested on how they will train next week and if given an opportunity to play against Spain, what they will bring in terms of their skills and general play, especially in attack."

 

Haig also mentioned that the selection for remaining two games against Russia and Romania, will be named after the game against Spain.

Lelos of Georgia

at RUGBY EUROPE CHAMPS 2017 vs SPAIN (4/03)

 

Pos

Player

Club [Lleague]

Born

Caps

Career Stats

 

Backs

 

FB

Merab KVIRIKASHVILI

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1983

100

14139C 142P 3D [783 pt] 5SB

FB

Beka TSIKLAURI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1989

26

4T 11C 15P 2D [93 pt]

WI

Sandro TODUA

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1987

61

7T 2SB

WI

Irakli SVANIDZE

Jiki Gori [GEO Big 10]

1996 1

:

WI

Soso MATIASHVILI

Akademia [GEO Big 10]

1993 0

:

CE

Davit KATCHARAVA

Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1985

96

20T [4 Capt] 2SB

CE

Merab SHARIKADZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1993

49

9T [3 Capt]

CE

Giorgi KOSHADZE

Kharebi Rustavi [GEO Div1

1996

3

3T

CE

Badri LIPARTELIANI

Armazi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1995

0

:

FH

Lasha MALAGHURADZE

Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1986

75

440C 25P 3D [184 pt] 2SB

FH

Lasha KHMALADZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1988

50

7T 4C [43 pt]

FH

Revaz JINTCHVELASHVILI

Bagrati Kutaisi [GEO Big 10] 

1995

3

:

HB

Giorgi BEGADZE

Qochebi Bolnisi [GEO Big 10]

1986

53

2SB

HB

Vasil LOBZHANIDZE

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1996

18

3T

HB

Gela APRASIDZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1998

1

:

 

Forwards

 

LH

Giorgi TETRASHVILI

Agen [FRA Pro D2]

1993

6

:

LH

Tornike MATARADZE

Lyon [FRA Top 14]

1996

2

SB

HK

Shalva MAMUKASHVILI

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1990 43

3T

HK

Jaba BREGVADZE

Worcester [ENG Prem]

1987

40

T 2SB

TH

Giorgi MELIKIDZE

Stade Français [FRA Top 14]

1996

3

:

TH

Soso BEKOSHVILI

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1993

2

:

TH

Lasha TABIDZE

Bordeaux [FRA Top 14] 

1997

1

:

LK

Giorgi NEMSADZE

Bristol [ENG Prem]

1984

67

12T 4SB

LK

Kote MIKAUTADZE

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1991

45

2T 3SB

LK

Nodar TCHEISHVILI

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1990

6

:

BR

Giorgi TKHILAISHVILI

Batumi [GEO Big 10]

1991

35

9SB

BR

Lasha LOMIDZE

Beziers [FRA Pro D2]

1992

27

5SB

BR

Beka GORGADZE

Mont de Marsan [FRA Pro D2]

1996

9

5SB

BR

Saba SHUBITIDZE

Akademia [GEO Big 10]

1994

8

:

BR

Otar GIORGADZE

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1996

3

T

BR

Giorgi TSUTSKIRIDZE

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1996

1

:

 

 

 

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