Japan 2019 was the Lelos' fifth World Cup appearance


Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Physically domineering and hugely ambitious, the 2019 Rugby World Cup was the Lelos’ fifth global tournament, but they fell short of their goal of qualifying for the 2023 World Cup as they only won one match.

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 No 8 Beka Gorgadze.

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 10-44 Scotland
  • Friday 6 September 2019: Scotland 36-9 Georgia

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Georgia Rugby World Cup Group

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

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Georgia Rugby World Cup Kit

Georgia Rugby World Cup Fixtures


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

Milton Haig has named his squad for the tournament below;

Forwards (17): 
Mikheil Nariashvili
Guram Gogichashvili
Shalva Mamukashvili
Jaba Bregvadze
Vano Karkadze
Levan Chilachava
Giorgi Melikidze
Beka Gigashvili
Giorgi Nemsadze
Shalva Sutiashvili
Mamuka Gorgodze
Kote Mikautadze
Giorgi Tkhilaishvili
Lasha Lomidze
Otar Giorgadze
Beka Gorgadze
Beka Saghinadze.

Backs (14):
Sandro Todua
Soso Matiashvili
Mirian Modebadze
Zurab Dzneladze
Davit Katcharava
Merab Sharikadze
Tamaz Mtchedlidze
Giorgi Kveseladze
Lasha Malaghuradze
Lasha Khmaladze
Tedo Abzhandadze
Giorgi Begadze
Vasil Lobzhanidze
Gela Aprasidze.

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Previous World Cup Results and Record

Georgia’s Rugby World Cup Record: P20 W5 D0 L15

  • 2003 Pool stages
  • 2007 Pool stages
  • 2011 Pool stages
  • 2015 Pool stages
  • 2019 Pool stages

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