Graham Rowntree – The Lelos’ New Forwards Coach

25-Sep-2018

Graham Rowntree, who coached England forwards in 2007-2015, will work in Milton Haig’s team as forwards coach until the end of Georgia’s participation in Rugby World Cup 2019. Georgia Rugby Union Board approved Rowntree’s appointment today, following which the President of Union, Gocha Svanidze, Georgia Head Coach Milton Haig and High Performance Manager Bacho Khurtsidze introduced Graham Rowntree to Georgian Media at press conference held at Georgia Rugby Union HQ.

 

 

Gocha Svanidze: “We are happy to introduce the new member of the Lelos’ coaching staff, forwards coach Graham Rowntree, who earned the reputation of top player and highly qualified coach in the course of his rugby career.

 

“Our team’s performance recently suffered certain regression, as a result of which we decided to part with previous staff members and the Lelos were left without the forwards coach. Now this position will be taken by Rowntree, who told me he accepts this challenge because he took an interest in Georgian forwards and is interested in contributing to their development. The contract we signed lasts up to the end of 2019”.

 

Milton Haig:

 

“Graham Rowntree does not need to be introduced to anybody. He is the former international player for England, and his coaching record speaks for itself… 4 Rugby World Cups as a coach, and I think we are very-very lucky to have someone of Graham’s quality to join us, especially at this stage of our program, one year down to Japan 2019.

 

“As the President said, and also from my point of view, the most impressive thing for me, when I first met Graham 4 weeks ago was his excitement and his enthusiasm to be involved with the Georgian team. He can contribute a lot to improving our performance. I am very happy, also because of the fact that we have similar philosophies about our training and how we need to play the game, going forward, to be able to make the next step up. I very much look forward to starting the actual process.”

 

 

Graham Rowntree after having greeted the Georgian media in Georgian: “I’ve not felt like this before about a role, obviously this is the most excited I’ve been for any role - as an Englishman coaching the Georgian forward pack. But I’ve been the fan of Georgian forwards’ play for long time, and that’s the opportunity to be associated with such a forward packing – hope to get best out of that forward pack, such a big year coming up – that’s the opportunity I could not miss. The warmth that has been shown to me by Milton and everyone else in the organization, it spurred and further increased my excitement and I can’t wait to get stuck into the games in the autumn.”

 

Media representatives asked what Rowntree plans to improve until the upcoming Rugby World Cup, to which he answered:

 

“I have watched the Lelos’ games, but have not analyzed their performance in detail yet. Generally speaking, it is important to consider selection and injuries, it’s important that the next guys come in through and prepare for test rugby.

 

“On September 28 Milton and I will go to France. During the period between this autumn and next February – that is to say, in December-January, I will be in contact with those players and see them in France as well. Forward play is much more than just set piece, you got to be able to defend, to get off the ground, get back in the game and make good decisions.”

 

Milton Haig and Gocha Svanidze said that the Lelos’ coaching staff will not have any new members on long-term contracts yet. In case of necessity they might invite narrow-profile specialists:

 

Milton Haig:

“Obviously this is a process that we are continuing to look at. In terms of attack, I don’t think so, it just means that I’ll go back and tackle the attack like I used to, but whether we get another person to look at certain aspects of how we play, we might employ a specialist on a short-term contract if needed.”

 

 

Gocha Svanidze: „Our policy is not to set limits to number of coaches. We are open to inviting one or more relevant specialists on a short-term or long-term basis if required.”

 

About Graham Rowntree

Rowntree is a high level specialist with a great deal of experience, backed up by his successful career – 17 years as a player and 11 years as a scrum coach on the top level, including international level.

 

Player

47-year-old forwards coach was born in Stockton on April 18, 1971. He started his professional career as loose-head prop for ‘Leicester Tigers’ in 1990 and played 398 matches wearing with Tigers jersey. With his club, Graham won the Champions Cup twice (2001 and 2002 years), and the English Premiership – four times.

 

Rowntree had his debut in the National Team of England in 1995 and won 54 caps until 2006. He played at two Rugby World Cups – in 1995 and 1999. In 2003 he won 6 Nations with Grand Slam. In 2005 Graham Rowntree was invited to British and Irish Lions, where he played three games against Argentina and New Zealand (twice).

 

Coach

After the end of his playing career, Rowntree moved to the coaching staff of ‘Leicester Tigers’ and worked as head coach’s assistant for a season. Same year he became a member of England National Academy and in 2007 he started as scrum coach for England (national team), where he stayed until 2015. During this period, he was twice invited as a scrum coach for the tour of British and Irish Lions.

 

From 2016 till 2018 Graham worked in the England Premiership side ‘Harlequins’.

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+101

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4

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24

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4

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23

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3

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22

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6

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22

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2

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12

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6

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2

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2

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5

-123

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1

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10/11

18.00

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0:0

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18.00

Avtchala

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18.00

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21.30

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45:07

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21.30

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Diff

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T

W-L

$

Racing 92 [FRA]

9

+44

59:15

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2-0

1

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5

-1

41:42

4/5

1-1

1

Brazil

4

-36

27:63

3/9

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2

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Sat

09/06

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France Beziers, Narbonne, Pergignan

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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

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2. ENGLAND

3. SOUTH AFRICA

4. NEW ZEALAND

5. AUSTRALIA

6. ARGENTINA

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9. GEORGIA

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Q1

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Batumi #4

30:8

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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
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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

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25/03

14.00

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28/03

17.50

1/2   Portugal

25:0

SAT

31/03

17.50

  F   France

8:3

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Sat

10/02

14.00

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$ 47:0

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17/02

17.30

Offenbach

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$ 64:0

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18.00

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23:10

Sat

10/03

16.00

Krasnodar

Russia

$ 29:9

Sun

18/03

16.00

Tbilisi Dinamo

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25:16

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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

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Batumi

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14/10

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A

Rovigo ITA

27:31

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15.00

H

Heidelberg GER

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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

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6:11
20/01 16.00 A

Timisoara ROM

12:21

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11/11

18.00

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54:22

Sat

18/11

18.30

Cardiff

Wales

06:13

Sat

25/11

18.00

Vake

USA

21:20

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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

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15:5

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Q1

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7:13

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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

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GEO Date & Time (UTC+4)

Sat

11/02

18.00

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$ 31:6

Sun

19/02

15.00

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Germany

$ 50:6

Sat

04/03

19.00

Valladolid

Spain

20:10

Sun

12/03

18.00

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28:14

Sun

19/03

17.00

Bucuresti

Romania

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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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