Rugby Europe | Squad for Romania

07-Feb-2019

 

Georgia coaching staff named The Lelos match day squad for Rugby Europe Championship 2019 opener against Romania, which features three uncapped players. Georgia starts its Rugby Europe campaign against the main rival at tournament – The Stejari of Romania at Cluj Arena, in the city of Cluj Napoca, Romania on February 9.

 

Forwards

 

The duo of young props – Guram Gogichashvili (1 cap) and Beka Gigashvili (2 caps) to start in first row, with highly experienced Shalva Mamukashvili (61 caps) as hooker. Another experienced player - Giorgi Nemsadze of Ospreys (85 caps) pairs with uncapped Davit Gigauri in second row. 24-years-old Gigauri, who plays for CSM Bucaresti, has been noticed by Georgia selectors quite recently.

 

Former Georgia U20 Captain Beka Saginadze, who starts in the third row along with Giorgi Tsutskiridze (13 caps) and Beka Gorgadze (14 caps), is set to win his first seniorinternational cap for Georgia.

 

Another uncapped player, Junior Lelos hooker and U18 Rugby Europe 2018 Championship winner Vano Karkadze is set for his Senior International debut, if he has a chance to get in from the bench. Karkadze, who was called to replace injured Giorgi Khuroshvili, scored one try per match in Rugby Europe U18 championship finals against France in 2017 and 2018 and managed to get three appearances if French Pro D2 with Aurillac.

 

Experienced Levan Chilachava (43 caps) and young Tornike Mataradze (6 caps) complete the front row replacements. Nodar Cheishvili (18 caps) and Giorgi Tkhialishvili (46 caps) are on the bench respectfully as second and third row reserves.

 

Backs

 

Georgia starts with Vasil Lobzhanidze (who will get his 40th cap) at 9 and Tedo Abzhandadze (2 caps). Captain Merab Sharikadze (60 caps) and Giorgi Kveseladze (14 caps) will pair in center with Lasha Khmaladze as full back, who is set to win his 70th cap against Romania. Sandro Todua (75 caps) along with Zurab Dzneladze (4 caps) start as wingers.

 

Another Georgia U20 graduate – Gela Afrasidze (11 caps) will wait for his chance as replacement for scrum half. Giorgi Aptsiauri (22 caps) and Mirian Modebadze (3 caps) complete the back reserves. Both have not played for Georgia a long time: Modebadze earned all three of his caps in November 2017, as for Aptsiauri, last time he put on The Lelos jersey was back in November 2016.

LELOS of GEORGIA

*RUGBY EUROPE* CHAMPIONSHIP  |  Round 1  | Antim Cup |  vs ROMANIA

Sat 09/02_2019  |  ClujArena  |  KO 16.00 GEO  =  14.00 ROM = 13.00 CET

Pos

Player

Club [League]

Born

 

Backs

 

15

Lasha KHMALADZE

Batumi [GEO Big 10]

1988

14

Sandro TODUA

Batumi [GEO Big 10]

1987

13

Merab SHARIKADZE^Capt

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1993

12

Giorgi KVESELADZE

Armazi Marneuli [GEO Big 10]

1997

11

Zurab DZNELADZE

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1992

10

Tedo ABZHANDADZE

Aia Kutaisi [GEO Big 10] 

1999

9

Vasil LOBZHANIDZE

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1996

 

Forwards

 

1

Guram GOGICHASHVILI

Racing [FRA Top 14]

1998

2

Shalva MAMUKASHVILI

Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS Premier]

1990

3

Beka GIGASHVILI

Grenoble [FRA Top 14]

1992

4

Davit GIGAURI

CSM Bucuresti [ROM Super]

1994

5

Giorgi NEMSADZE

Ospreys [WAL Pro 14]

1984

6

Beka SAGHINADZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1998

7

Giorgi TSUTSKIRIDZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1996

8

Beka GORGADZE

Bordeaux [FRA Top 14]

1996

 

Reserves

 

23

Giorgi APTSIAURI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1994

22

Mirian MODEBADZE

Aia Kutaisi [GEO Big 10] 

1997

21

Gela APRASIDZE

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1998

 

16

Vano KARKADZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

2000

17

Tornike MATARADZE

Nevers [FRA Pro D2]

1996

18

Levan CHILACHAVA

Montpellier [FRA Top 14]

1991

19

Nodar TCHEISHVILI

Cornish Pirates [ENG Champ]

1990

20

Giorgi TKHILAISHVILI

Batumi [GEO Big 10]

1991

07/02_2019 @ 14.00

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