Rugby Europe | Georgia squad for Russia



With 48 hours to go, Georgia coaching staff named The Lelos match day 23 for the Rugby Europe Championship 2019 final round against Russia. Match to be played in Krasnodar, Russia, on March 17 – KO at 16:00 (Georgia time). 


Haig made 5 changes to the squad that played Germany a week ago in Kuataisi.


Two changes in backs


Vasil Lobzhanidze in back on 9 after missing match against Belgium and start from bench against Germany. Already traditionally, Lobzhanidze will pair with Tedo Abzhandadze (10). This will be the seventh consecutive start for young, U20 star fly half. 


The duo of Merab Sharikadze (captain) and Lasha Malaguradze start in center. Mirian Modebadze, who scored three tries against Germany starts at wing, with Giorgi Kveseladze on the other side of the pitch. Soso Matiashvili to start as full back.  


Rotation in pack


Shalva Mamukashvili to starts as hooker. Beka Gigashvili jumps in at loose head instead of Zurab Zhvania, while Levan Chilachava starts at tight head. 


Nodar Cheishvili starts in the second row with Giorgi Nemsadze. Otar Giorgadze, Giorgi Tsutskiridze and Beka Gorgadze start in the third row.


Much experience on bench


Zurab Zhvania, Guram Gogichashvili and Giorgi Melikidze are set to power up the first row from reserves. 


Shalva Sutiashvili and Giorgi Tkhilaishvili will wait for their chance as replacements for second and third rows. The number of their combined caps is impressive 123.


Gela Aprasidze and Lasha Khmaladze complete the back-line replacements. 


Cap update


One of Georgian centurions, Davit Kacharava will gain his 114thcap for Georgia in Krasnodar and he will have a single cap deficit to Georgia’s first centurion – Merab Kvirikashvili. Giorgi Nemsadze to win 90thcap.


Shalva Sutiashvili gains 75thcap, as for Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, he will win his 50thcap for Georgia in Krasnodar. Zura Zhvania is set for 40thcap and Otar Giorgadze wins the 20th



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