Junior Lelos squad for Baby Blacks


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The Junior Lelos are set for their 2019 World Rugby U20 Campaign opener against U20 New Zealand. Georgia U20 to face Baby Blacks on June 4, at 20:00 (Georgian time).


New Zealand U20 have won 6 championship titles (more than anybody else), since 2008. Last time Baby Blacks celebrated the title was in 2017 when they defeated England in Final in Tbilisi, Georgia. 


As for Junior Lelos, it is our fourth consecutive appearance in World Championship, with the ninth-place being best ever finish yet, which we claimed last year in France.



The Junior Lelos head coach, Ilia Maisuradze says there is no easy pool at this level:


“There are no easy pools at the World Championship, this is something one has to acknowledge when plays on such level. We have watched closely the U20 Oceania Championship and realizing that New Zealand was growing from game to game. The team was in the process of building, that was lacking 6 main players. 


“We know, what it would be like to play against South Africa, a team that we know quite well, against which we played the first match at South African U20 international series in Western Cape. Our boys were quite tense at that game, but I sure the next game against Junior Boks will be different. We have Scotland in our pool, whom we’ve been following during the U20 Six Nations campaign and I am sure that this team will be much tougher in Argentina. 


“We have our aim and objective and we will play each game at the maximum of our abilities to score and collect as many points as possible.”



Georgia squad for New Zealand in Round One



1. Nika Gvaladze, 2. Luka Nioradze, 3. Luka Azariashvili, 4. Vakhtang Jincharadze, 5. Luka Gelashvili, 6. Ioseb Gusharashvili, 7. Koba Kolotauri, 8. Beka Koriauli



9. Mikheil Alania, 10. Tedo Abzhandadze (Cap), 11. Kote Marjanishvili, 12. Givi Tsintsadze, 13. Demur Tapladze, 14. Zura Kavtaradze, 15. Temur Chichinadze



16. Vano Karkadze, 17. Zaur Tevdorashvili, 18. Gia Kharaishvili, 19. Ioane Iashagashvili, 20. Tariel Gvimradze, 21. Giorgi Margalitadze, 22. Alexandre Margiani, 23. Lasha Lomidze, 24. Irakli Simsive, 25. Otar Lashkhi, 26. Paata Burchuladze, 27. Dachi Papunashvili, 28. Luka Chelidze

Georgian time


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