Saturday, February 2, 2013

GEORGIA v BELGIUM World Cup Qualifying Europe R 5 European Nations Cup 1A


Venue: The Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels

Referee: Matteo Liperini (Italy)

This will be Belgium’s first ever rugby test match at the top level of Continental European rugby. It is also the first time these two teams have met in a 15’s rugby test match.

Belgium’s recent record is impressive. They have won their last ten test matches the best winning sequence in their test rugby history. This winning sequence saw them promoted from ENC 1B for the 2012-14 competition.

This is a strong side from Georgia. It will be a most interesting clash, the No.1 team against the newcomers.

Belgium could surprise the visitors but I’d expect the experience of the Georgian’s to finally overcome a spirited local side.

George Chkhaidze is Georgia’s 23rd captain.
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Georgia Last Five P 5, W 1, L 4
24.11.2012 v Fiji in Tblisi L 19-24
17.11.2012 v Japan in Tblisi L 22-25
23.06.2012 v Canada in Vancouver L 12-31
17.06.2012 v United States L 20-36 in Denver
09.06.2012 v Ukraine W 33-3 in Dnepropetrovsk (ENC 1A)

Belgium Last Five P 5, W 5
14.12.2012 v Hong Kong W 24-12 in Dubai (Emirates Cup of Nations)
11.12.2012 v Zimbabwe in Dubai (Emirates Cup of Nations)
08.12.2012 v United Arab Emirates in Dubai (Emirates Cup of Nations)07.04.2012 v Poland W 20-13 in Brussels (ENC 1B)
17.03.2012 v Germany W 30-29 in Huesenstamm (ENC 1B)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table-Georgia 21st, Belgium 24th
Europe Table-Georgia 7th, Belgium 15th

IRB Ranking Points
Georgia 65.83, Belgium 60.43

Prediction: Georgia by 8 points




15   Alan Williams  Montluçon, France
14   Eliott Van Trappen  Boitsfort
13   Thibaut André  Soignies
12   Guillaume Brébant  Boitsfort
11   Guillaume Piron  Montpellier, France
10   Carlos Fierro  Nice, France
9   Julien Berger  Stade Rochelais, France
8   Julien Morelli  Bastia, France
7   Andrew Neill Tournefeuille, France
6   Thomas De Molder  Lyon U21, France
5   Cyril Nana Anderlecht
4   Mathieu Verschelden  Saint-Etienne, France
3   Maxime Jadot  Pau U23, France
2   Norman Wende La Voulte, France
1   Julien Massimi  Saint-Etienne, France
16   Alain Miriallakis Boitsfort
17   Alexis Cuffolo  Carcassonne, France
18   Raphaël Olive  Périgueux, France
19   Bertrand Billi  Soignies
20   Mika De Molder  Boitsfort
21   Charlie Fourneau  Melbourne Harlequins, Australia
22   Sébastien Guns  Boitsfort
23   Kevin Dams Boitsfort
    HEAD COACH: Richard McClintock



15   Beka Tsiklauri  Locomotivi
14   Alexander Todua  Albi, France
13   David Kacharava  Rodez, France
12   Merab Sharikadze  Hartpury College, England
11   Tamaz Mtchedlidze  Stade Montoise
10   Merab Kvirikashvili  St. Junien, France
9   Giorgi Begadze  Batumi
8   Dimitri Basilaia  Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland
7   Mamuka Gorgodze  Montpellier, France
6   Vito Kolelishvili  Cleremont-Ferrand, France
5   Kote Mikautadze  Toulon, France
4   Giorgi Chkhaidze (Capt.) Tarbes, France
3   Davit Kubriashvili  Toulon, France
2   Shalva Mamukashvili  Armia
1   Michael Nariashvili  Montpellier, France
16   Revaz Belkania  Lelo
17   David Khinchagashvili  Brive, France
18   Levan Chilachava  Toulon, France
19   Shalva Sutiashvili  Massy, France
20   Beka Bitsadze  Armia
21   Vazha Khutsishvili  Rustavi
22   Lasha Khmaladze  Lelo
23   George Pruidze  Aia Kutaissi 
    HEAD COACH: Milton Haig

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