A potential bogey team for Wales first up, Georgia could be ones to watch in Japan.

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Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

This is the potential banana skin that Wales would rather have avoided first up. Physically domineering, hungry as hell and ambitious to boot, the Lelos could build up a head of steam for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

How They Qualified

Georgia were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.

Key Players

Mikheil Nariashvili, Levan Chilachava and Shalva Mamukashvili. You may not know these guys but they are the front-row stars. If you want a livewire, look at scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze or thundering young No 8 Beka Gorgadze.

Mikheil Nariashvili (centre) is a front-row star (Getty Images)

The Coach – Milton Haig

Haig is one of Test rugby’s cult stars. The Kiwi has overseen steady systematic and on-field improvements, like automatic qualification for RWC 2019. The nation’s ambitions have swollen under him.

Ambition: Georgia have gone from strength to strength under Milton Haig (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

It’s rare to see high scoring from Georgia, particularly against top-ten sides. They can snipe but need a rapier to go with the cudgel

Georgia Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Saturday 31 August 2019: Georgia v Scotland, Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, 5pm, Live on Premier Sports
  • Friday 6 September 2019: Scotland v Georgia, BT Murrayfield, 7pm, Live on Premier Sports

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

Georgia Rugby World Cup Group

Georgia are in Group D alongside Australia, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay.

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Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Mon 23 Sep Wales v Georgia (Toyota)
  • Sun 29 Sep Georgia v Uruguay (Kumagaya)
  • Thu 3 Oct Georgia v Fiji (Osaka)
  • Fri 11 Oct Australia v Georgia (Shizuoka)

 

Banana skin: Wales only just beat Georgia back in 2017, and could test them at the World Cup (Getty Images)

Georgia Rugby World Cup Squad

We will update this section when the official squad is announced

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

Georgia’s Rugby World Cup Record: P16 W4 D0 L12

  • 2003 Pool stages
  • 2007 Pool stages
  • 2011 Pool stages
  • 2015 Pool stages

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