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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby BigG » Mon, 06 May 2019, 13:39

Scorpion wrote:Mikheil Alania will join Aurillac (Fra, D2) for 3 years

Good news. Now we have three scrum-halves in France.

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby Canalina » Tue, 07 May 2019, 05:12

The Didi10 final, this saturday, will be live both on Rugby Tv Georgia website and Rugby Tv Georgia facebook ?

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Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Tue, 07 May 2019, 09:44

Who knows? Have not they changed it past weekend?

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby ferrari1000 » Tue, 07 May 2019, 12:31

I remember someone was asking for GEO vs SCO tickets, here you go. https://www.tkt.ge/Show/6777/tbc-rugby-series-2019

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby SHIZZZO » Tue, 07 May 2019, 23:31

Just bought myself 4 tickets for the Scotland game. Buy them while the goods spots are still available.
You are terminated!

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby GeoRugby » Wed, 08 May 2019, 09:10

Playing Russia and then Scotland with just 4 days rest. Strange schedule.

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby beber » Wed, 08 May 2019, 15:41

U20 squad from official website :

Gia Kharaishvili** (Racing92, Fra) - 1999
Giorgi Akhaladze (Massy, Fra) - 1999
Luka Chelidze (Toulon, Fra) - 2000

Vano Karkadze** (Aurillac, Fra) - 2000
Luka Nioradze (Jiki Gori) - 1999

Luka Azariashvili* (Montpellier, Fra) - 1999
Nika Gvaladze (Grenoble, Fra) - 1999
Zaur Tevdorashvili* (Soyaux-Angoulême, Fra) - 1999

Luka Gelashvili* (Armia Tbilisi) - 1999
Vladimer Chachanidze (Lelo Saracens Tbilisi) - 2000
Vakhtang Jincharadze (Jiki Gori) - 1999

Ioseb Gusharashvili (Qochebi Bolnisi) - 1999
Ioane Iashagashvili (Armazi Marneuli) - 2000
Koba Kolotauri (Lelo Saracens Tbilisi) - 1999
Saba Jgarkava (Lelo Saracens Tbilisi) - 1999
Beka Koriauli (Lelo Saracens Tbilisi) - 2000

Mikheil Alania* (Armazi Marneuli/Aurillac, Fra) - 2000
Giorgi Margalitadze (Lelo Saracens Tbilisi) - 2000

Tedo Abzhandadze** (Aia Kutaisi/Brive, Fra) - 1999
Davit Gobejishvili (Aia Kutaisi) - 2000
Sandro Margiani (Akademia Tbilisi) - 2000

Lasha Lomidze* (Aia Kutaisi) - 2000
Demur Tapladze* (Lelo Saracens Tbilisi) - 2000
Irakli Simsive (Aia Kutaisi) - 2000

Konstantine Marjanishvili* (Armazi Marneuli) - 1999
Otar Lashki (Lelo Saracens Tbilisi) - 2000
Zurab Kavtaradze (Kharebi Rustavi) - 2000

Teimuraz Tchitchinadze* (Jiki Gori) - 2000

* played 2018 U20 WC : 9 players
* played Top14/ProD2 this season : Kharaishvili (2 games), Karkadze (3 games), Tevdorashvili (8 games)
* capped by Georgia senior team : Karkadze (3 caps), Abzhandadze (7 caps)

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby Scoob » Sun, 12 May 2019, 05:10

Watched a replay of final of 2002-03 ligue B georgia final lelo and Khvalmi.
Was a tense final with the 2 best players from either team Giorgi Kobalia 8 lelo and Dato Niniashvili 15 Khvalmi the best players on the field,they were also part of Georgia under 18 team this year.
Lelo did the basics better and came out winners 16-10. Khvalmi had the better backline but there lineout let them down big time. Lelo hooker and centre also played well,while the Khvmali number 12 had good game with excellent footwork and there big bearded winger was powerful.
Excellent crowd support as well.

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby CraigChalmers » Tue, 28 May 2019, 18:22

GeoRugby wrote:Playing Russia and then Scotland with just 4 days rest. Strange schedule.

Perhaps in preparation for short turn-arounds at the RWC? I'm certainly not complaining though - gives me something to do on the Tuesday evening :D

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Tue, 11 Jun 2019, 15:01


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Have heard from number of good sources that
Suntory have lined up Milton Haig to be
their new head coach once
his commitments with Georgia at #RWC2019 are done.

Also hearing a very familiar face may be back to oversee things

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby Thomas » Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 08:05

Good Result for Georgia XV against England Counties, to come from behind (14-23)was very impressive.


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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby GeoRugby » Wed, 12 Jun 2019, 09:12

Thomas wrote:Good Result for Georgia XV against England Counties, to come from behind (14-23)was very impressive.


Definitely. English Counties consistently won whenever they came to Georgia in last few years, including the first game of this tour. Quality win against strong opponent for Georgia XV.

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby 4N » Thu, 13 Jun 2019, 00:05

Good article here. The only thing I disagree with is the appraisal of the back row stocks. Georgia obviously has some excellent young talent coming through with Giorgadze, Gorgadze, Tsutskiridze etc. https://www.rugbypass.com/news/beating- ... full-swing

A dominant scrum and an array of hard as nails front rowers have long been the staple of Georgia rugby. However, while that strength and philosophy is not departing anytime soon, there are signs of evolution on the pathway for the Lelos.

The Georgian under-20s had suffered two defeats so far in the World Under-20 Championship in Argentina. That shouldn’t come as too much of a surpriseal given they were in a pool with South Africa and New Zealand.

What they will be pleased with this Wednesday, though, is how competitive they were with New Zealand and their performance in their 17-12 win over Scotland.

It wasn’t just that they were competitive up front, either. It was the creativity and composed execution of their back line which shone through, something which hasn’t always been the case with Georgia as a rugby-playing nation.

As touched on earlier, their scrummaging is consistently among the best in the world and that shows no signs of abating with this group of under-20s. Loosehead pair of Nika Gvaladze and Luka Azariashvili are standing out as destructive set-piece operators.

With the regular pipeline of young Georgian front rowers to the top two leagues in France, where scrummaging is particularly prized, the continued existence of a strong Lelos scrum is one of the more certain things in international rugby.

Away from that area of strength, 19-year-old fly-half Tedo Abzhandadze is the potential spearhead of an evolution, if not revolution, in the way Georgia operate.

Despite still being at the forefront of Georgia’s efforts in Argentina at the age-grade championship, he already has seven senior caps to his name and has been touted by coach Milton Haig as potentially “world class”. The playmaker is – barring injury – a certainty to be part of Georgia’s World Cup bid in Japan later this year.

Abzhandadze’s ability to play late on the gain line is bolstered by the handling skills of his midfield options of Lasha Lomdize and Demur Tapladze, with Georgia at U20 level as adept at drawing defenders, off-loading and running at and exploiting space as they are at playing a more direct style. The creativity and distribution ability of players like Dachi Papunashvili and Teimuraz Tchitchinadze at full-back also adds to the variety and incision on offer.

With Georgia having ambitions of being regularly competitive with tier one nations, this evolution of their game, that has to start in the age-grades, bodes well for the Lelos. It’s not that they are exciting talents for a tier two nation, either. It’s that they are exciting talents full stop.

The front row is in fine shape at senior level, there are a handful of controlling and opportunistic scrum-halves, and now playmakers are being found and developed at fly-half and in the centres and at full-back.

It leaves Georgia with two substantial holes as they bid to compete with the world’s best – the lack of athletically-gifted second and back rows that have come to the fore for most other nations over the last few years, and the more dynamic wings, who either prosper through power or game-changing speed.

Current under-20 No8 Ioane Iashagashvili has impressed in Argentina with a turn of pace that has seen him break plenty of tackles. The young back rower is comfortable with the ball in his hands beyond the gain line, whether passing, off-loading or continuing to run at space.

Unfortunately for Georgia, there isn’t a Maro Itoje or James Ryan coming through in the locks quite yet, but with a set-piece focus built around a dominant scrum rather than lineout ability, particularly on the defensive side of the throw, that’s not too surprising.

Wings Otar Lashkhi and Kote Marjanishvili have had good tournaments so far and generate a noticeable amount of power through their footwork prior to contact, but they aren’t the physical specimens that some of the tier one nations are able to call upon, nor do they have the speed to be threats to score from anywhere on the pitch.

The power and size of Georgia is never going to be called into question and with the skilful playmakers that are being produced alongside that now, they have players capable of exploiting those advantages that their forwards can give them.

Top-end speed, especially away from the half-back and fly-half positions, and vertical ability remain the missing ingredients, but it is impossible not to be encouraged by the quality and quantity of player that Georgian rugby is producing at present.

As formidable as the senior side have been in one-off games against Tier 1 opponents at times over the last few years, Haig and his staff will know that they need to be a balanced and versatile squad if they are to compete on a more consistent basis.

It’ll take time to blood these youngsters and get them up to speed with international rugby, but the calibre and all-round skill set of the players being developed speaks to a bright future for the Lelos.

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Re: Georgia (Lelos)

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 08:52

https://www.facebook.com/GeorgianRugby/ ... 2108729542

HP Shevardeni set for Pre-Rugby World Cup training camp
Lelos training squad to be announced on Wednesday, June 26






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