Thursday 26 January 2017

LELOS ON THE WAY TO DEFEND THEIR EUROPEAN TITLE

The Lelos will assemble for their training camp in preparation for the first two REC 2017 matches in France on February 4th. The team will stay in Toulouse until February 9th and then travel to Brussels, to play against the Belgium on February 11th.The team will come back home on February 13 and camp at Shevardeni National High Performance to prepare for the match against Germany. Match Scheduled for February 19th at Rustavi Rugby Stadium. 

As Georgia secured its place for the next Rugby World Cup 2019 early on, the Lelos coaching staff will take benefit of Rugby Europe Championship 2017 to testing young players and build a solid group for 2019. 

Milton Haig declared :“Our objectives will obviously be to win Rugby Europe Championship. On top of that our other objectives will be to continue to build depth in positions and give young players an opportunity to prove to coaches they are good enough for future selections. Its also important during this competition to develop our style and consistency of our play and continue to innovate our ability to play different styles of attack and defense”.

The selection of 31-man squad for the first two REC 2017 matches includes 8 uncapped players. If all these players enter the pitch vs Belgium and Germany, the all-time ranks of The Lelos will increase till 249.

“We have selected some younger players for the first 2 matches and this is a good chance for them to show selectors their skills. As we look towards the 2019 World Cup in Japan, some of these players will be involved so their selection is the start of this process. However its important for these players to realize that we are watching everything they do on and off the field. Their commitment and professionalism will be under the microscope so this will be interesting for the Coaches to see” Commented Haig about young players called to squad.

15 players from Georgia’s November 2016 squad will not play the starting matches of Rugby Europe Championship this year. 

It should also be noted that this experimental squad still includes experienced leaders: Kvirikashvili, Kacharava, Malaguradze, Begadze and Nemsadze.

Detailed players' list announced: 

Backs

 

FB

Merab KVIRIKASHVILI

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1983

98

14T 132C 141P 3D [766 pt] 4SB

FB

Beka TSIKLAURI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1989

25

4T 11C 15P 2D [93 pt]

WI

Sandro TODUA

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1987

59

7T 2SB

WI

Giorgi PRUIDZE

Bagrati Kutaisi [GEO Big 10] 

1994

11

T

WI

Anzor SITCHINAVA

Akademia [GEO Big 10]

1995

1

SB

CE

Davit KATCHARAVA

Enisey Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1985

96

20T [4 Capt] 2SB

CE

Merab SHARIKADZE

Aurillac [FRA Pro D2]

1993

47

8T [1 Capt]

CE

Giorgi KOSHADZE

Kharebi Rustavi [GEO Div1] 

1996

1

:

CE

Badri LIPARTELIANI

Armazi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1995

0

:

FH

Lasha MALAGHURADZE

Krasny Yar Krasnoyarsk [RUS Super]

1986

73

4T 38C 25P 3D [180 pt] 2SB

FH

Lasha KHMALADZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1988

48

7T 4C [43 pt]

FH

Revaz JINTCHVELASHVILI

Bagrati Kutaisi [GEO Big 10] 

1995

2

:

HB

Giorgi BEGADZE

Qochebi Bolnisi [GEO Big 10]

1986

51

2SB

HB

Vazha KHUTSISHVILI

Lokomotivi Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1993

22

:

HB

Gela APRASIDZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1998

0

:

 

Forwards

 

LH

Zurab ZHVANIA

Stade Français [FRA Top 14]

1991

26

8T 2SB

LH

Tornike MATARADZE

Lyon [FRA Top 14]

1996

0

:

HK

Badri ALKHAZASHVILI

Toulon [FRA Top 14]

1995

2

:

HK

Giorgi TCHQOIDZE

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1991

0

:

TH

Giorgi MELIKIDZE

Stade Français [FRA Top 14]

1996

2

:

TH

Soso BEKOSHVILI

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1993

0

:

TH

Lasha TABIDZE

Bordeaux [FRA Top 14] 

1997

0

:

LK

Giorgi NEMSADZE

Bristol [ENG Prem]

1984

65

12T 4SB

LK

Nodar TCHEISHVILI

Lelo Saracens Tbilisi [GEO Big 10]

1990

4

:

BR

Giorgi TKHILAISHVILI

Batumi [GEO Big 10]

1991

33

6T SB

BR

Lasha LOMIDZE

Beziers [FRA Pro D2]

1992

25

5SB

BR

Saba SHUBITIDZE

Akademia [GEO Big 10]

1994

7

:

BR

Beka GORGADZE

Mont de Marsan [FRA Pro D2]

1996

7

T SB

BR

Otar GIORGADZE

Clermont [FRA Top 14]

1996

2

T

BR

Giorgi MTCHEDLISHVILI

Jiki Gori [GEO Big 10]

1993

0

:

BR

Giorgi TSUTSKIRIDZE

Brive [FRA Top 14]

1996

0

:

Photos Credit : Georgian Rugby Union 

 

 

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