U20 | Western Province Academy to tour Georgia



World Rugby U20 Championship kicks off in less than 40 days time in Georgia, during which the Future Starts of World Rugby from twelve strongest Under 20 teams including Junior Lolos will compete in the largest annual age grade tournament in Tbilisi and Kutaisi from May 31 to June 18.



Stage two of Preparations


It has been 7 month since the Junior Lelos started active preparations for the largest tournament to be held at home soil. During this period team went through series of selections and friendly games, after which Junior Lelos toured UK in November to play friendlies against Ulster Rugby academy and Scotland U19 Development sides. After returning home, Georgia U20 assembled for winter camp in January with three games against Lelo and Jiki of Didi 10 and Kharebi of 1st League.


The final camp started in March at the Shevardeny High Performance base in Tbilisi, which is divided in three stages, consisting of rest periods. The first stage was mostly oriented on Strength and Conditioning. The second stage, which finished on April 22, was more balanced with Rugby.  


“Today we are finishing another two weeks course of our nine-week preparations camp for the World Rugby U20 Championship. We will take 4 days off and assemble again for 10 days to prepare for three very important matches against South African Western Province Academy. 


“Some of our foreign based players will be joining us next week, but unfortunately they will be going back to their clubs after these games. We aim towards improvement of our tactic and technical improvements within our structures, so it is very important for these players adapt to the team in this short period” says Zura Amonashvili, Junior Lelos coach who has had his share of South African Rugby during the coaches training in Stellenbosch three years ago.


Reinforced with foreign based players

This time coaching staff will have French based Georgian players available for the camp. Unfortunately they were not released from their clubs before and now they will have short time to adapt with the team tactics and systems.


“This time we bring more rugby oriented drills into camp in comparison to previous stages when we paid more attention to physical conditioning. We have been working on tactics before, but it will improve more as our foreign-based players will be joining us for this camp. Also we are very fortunate to have some U18 players at our disposal, who recently participated in Rugby Europe Open Championship, where they finished second” Says Lado Kilasonia, Junior Lelos coach, who as a teen ager spent couple of seasons in Durban playing for Sharks Academy side.


Tests against Strong Opponent

After the team assembles back at Shevardeny, the will start preparations to host three match fixture series against South African Western Province academy side, which will tour Georgia from April 27 to May 6. Warm up fixtures series will be held in the framework of memorandum signed between Georgian Rugby Union and Western Province seven years ago (learn more).


Fixtures series are scheduled for April 29, May 3 and 6 and are already considered as one of the vital part of preparations for the World Rugby U20 Championship.


“Fixtures against WP Academy are vital part of our preparations for the tournament. I am sure they will offer us game of high pace similar to what we’ll have during World Rugby U20 Championship. Coaches will also have great opportunity to check players under real pressure and see the result of hard work. Oposiiton side is very strong, thus we’ll be able to outline our week sides to work on before the torunament starts” Said Kilasonia, who hopes these games will be very competative for the Junior Lelos.


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