Lineup for the final match of hot Summer series

21-Jun-2018

 

At 09:45 Georgia time on June 23, The Lelos will play their final match of hot summer series 2018 against Japan in Toyota City, at City of Toyota Stadium.

 

So far, Georgia encountered played against Asian opponent for 5 times, but for the first time at their soil since 2006, where hosts defeated the Lelos 32:7.

 

From 2012 to now, Brave Blossoms visited Georgia three times. 6 years ago, in the final minutes of the match, the visiting team started a counterattack in their 5-meter zone and won the game 25:22 by kicking a drop goal.

 

In 2014, the Lelos won against Japan for the first (and, so far, the only) time by scoring 5 tries and ending the match 35:24.

 

On September 5 2015, the Lelos lost a pre-RWC warm-up match against Blossoms in Gloucester 10:13. The rehearsal proved successful for both teams: Georgia beat Tonga 17:10 in its RWC opener and Japan harvested a sensational 34:32 win against South Africa.

 

In 2016 we hosted Japan in Mikheil Meskhi for the third time and, despite the Lelos’ 60-minute dominance, lost the match 28:22. The balance is 4 to 1 in favor of Japan, with 14 tries to 11 and 122 points to 96.

 

Rehearsal - Rugby World Cup

 

The Lelos’ coaching staff, management and players think the upcoming match has a special meaning apart from current performance and world ranking value. Georgia will play its first Rugby World Cup 2019 match at the very same Toyota Stadium against Wales, and now the team has a sample taste of the environment in which it will find itself next year.

 

 

Two forwards, two backs

 

Besides general excitement around the test vs Japan, the match will be officiated by one of outstanding international referees, Welshman, Nigel Owens.

 

Japan has played their two summer tests so far – both against Italy. They won the first test 34:17 and lost 22:25 in second one. The Lelos started their summer campaign 10 days earlier than others by winning a home friendly match against the French Barbarians 16:15. On June 9 they defeated Tonga with the same score, and last Saturday they played against Fiji and lost 37:15 to the hosts.

 

After the last game, Haig made four changes in the starting 15 – The second and third row forwards remain unchanged: Giorgi Nemsadze, Kote Mikautadze, Giorgi Tsutskiridze, Vito Kolelishvili and Otar Giorgadze. Loose head prop Kakha Asieshvili keeps his position, while Tight Head prop and hooker are replaced: Irakli Mirtskhulava starts the game instead of Levan Chilachava, and Jaba Bregvadze, who recently transferred to Japanese Super Rugby franchise - Sunvolwes, plays instead of Shalva Mamukashvili.

 

Vasil Lobjanidze’s and Lasha Khmaladze’s tandem gets into the starting 15 for the third time during this summer campaign. As different from the previous match, Giorgi Kveseladze returns to mid field and will pair with David Kacharava. Two weeks ago, these two centers started the match against Tonga, though Kveseladze got injured into the 4th minute and had to be replaced. Merab Kvirikashvili starts as fullback, and Ioseb Matiashvili moves to left wing with Alexander Todua on the right.

 

Shalva Mamukashvili moves to bench. Like for the match against Fiji, other substitute front-row forwards are Zurab Zhvania and Giorgi Melikidze, and Nodar Cheishvili secures the second row of the scrum. Other substitutes are third-row forward Mikheil Gachechiladze, who missed the previous test and backs Giorgi Begadze, Lasha Malaguradze and Anzor Sichinava.

 

 

 

LELOS of GEORGIA

vs JAPAN  |  Summer Tour

Sat 23/06_2018  |  Toyota, Sengokucho  |  09.45 GET = 14.45 LOCAL

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Player

Club [League]

Born

 

Backs

 

15

Merab KVIRIKASHVILI

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1983

14

Sandro TODUA

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1987

13

Davit KATCHARAVA

Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1985

12

Giorgi KVESELADZE

Armazi Marneuli [GEO Big 10]

1997
11

Soso MATIASHVILI

Akademia Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1993

10

Lasha KHMALADZE

Batumi [GEO Big 10]

1988

9

Vasil LOBZHANIDZE

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1996

 

Forwards

 

1

Kakha ASIESHVILI

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1987

2

Jaba BREGVADZE

Sunwolves [JPN Super Rugby]

1987

3

Irakli MIRTSKHULAVA

Oyonnax [FRA Top 14]

1988

4

Giorgi NEMSADZE [Capt]

Ospreys [WAL Pro 14]

1984

5

Kote MIKAUTADZE

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1991

6

Giorgi TSUTSKIRIDZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1996

7

Vito KOLELISHVILI

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1989

8

Otar GIORGADZE

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1996

 

Reserves

 

23

Anzor SITCHINAVA

Akademia Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1995

22

Lasha MALAGHURADZE

Yar Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1986

21

Giorgi BEGADZE

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1986

 

16

Shalva MAMUKASHVILI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1990

17

Zurab ZHVANIA

Stade Français [FRA Top 14]

1991

18

Giorgi MELIKIDZE

Stade Français [FRA Top 14]

1996

19

Nodar TCHEISHVILI

Chambery [FRA Fed1]

1990

20

Mikheil GACHECHILADZE

Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1990

21/06_2018 @ 11.10

 

 

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