Saturday, February 1, 2014




Venue: Avchala Rugby Stadium, Tibilisi

Image thanks to ‘Quentin’ at

Referee: Vlad Iordachescu (Romania)

This is a very tough assignment for Belgium first up in this competition. They have a huge hurdle to defeat Georgia, the reigning champions, on their home turf.

Comments from FIRA-AER Forum
”Some notable absences for Belgium:Julien Berger (Bayonne), Jens Torfs (Perpignan), Thomas De Molder (Pau), Alexis Cuffolo (Carcassonne), Raphael Olive (St-Nazaire), Mathieu Verschelden (La Voulte), Norman Wende (Massy)
Burger hurts most as he's their best player and was the ENC's form scrumhalf last year by some's reckoning.
Omitted from the wider squad entirely is Belgium's starting 10 from last year, Carlos Fierro, who I suspect has retired given his age.
This is Megrelidze's first cap for Belgium I believe, in his native country of Georgia. Will be interesting to see how he goes.”  4n

“I feel Georgia really ought to put a good score on Belgium in this game. They surely can't play as badly as last year that for my money was Georgia's worst performance I've seen by them from my time watching them. Romania beat Belgium comfortably away from home last year completely dominating possession and mauling/scrumming their way to tries, Georgia have better a better midfield partnership with Khmaladze at 10 combining with Sharikadze far better than Kvirikashvili did, so there is potential for the Lelos to cut loose like they did with Spain last year and really get ahead on points difference, conditions though could also hinder that happening.” Beeman2

“field cleared, not frozen thanks to snow, but still -5 three hours before ko.
Live streaming at  from 10.55 GMT” FLIDTA RISXVA

These two teams have met only once before today.
02.02.2013 Georgia 17-13 in Brussels (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)

GWC Rugby Rankings:
Georgia 10th, Belgium 24th

IRB Ranking Points
Georgia 69.07, Belgium 55.72

Prediction: Georgia by 27 points.




15   Merab Kvirikashvili  CS Vienne, France
14   Irakli Machkhaneli RC Armazi, France
13   David Kacharava  Enisey-STM Krasnoyarsk, Russia
12   Merab Sharikadze  US Bourg-en-Bresse, France
11   George Shkinin   
10   Lasha Khmaladze  Lelo
9   Giorgi Begadze  Batumi
8   Dimitri Basilaia  Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland
7   Giorgi Chkhaidze  Tarbes Pyrénées Rugby, France
6   Giga Tkhilaishvili  Armia
5   Levan Datunashvili  Stade Aurillacois, France
4   Konstantin Mikautadze  RC Toulon, France
3   Davit Kubriashvili  Stade Français, France
2   Jaba Bregvadze Stade Toulousain, France
1   Mikheil Nariashvili  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
16   Shalva Mamukashvili  Armia
17   Zurab Zhvania  Stade Français, France
18   Levan Chilachava  RC Toulon, France
19   Giorgi Nemsadze  Tarbes, France
20   Viktor Kolelishvili  Lyon Olympique Universitaire, France
21   Vazha Khutsishvili  Kharebi
22   Lasha Malaguradze Stade Bagnérais, France 
23   Beka Tsiklauri  Locomotivi
    HEAD COACH: Milton Haig



15   Sylvain Roos SU Agen
14   Tornike Megrelidze Soignies
13   Guillaume Brébant  Boitsfort RC
12   Guillaume Piron  US Colomiers, France
11   Marc Tchangue USA  Perpignan, France
10   Christopher Brown Fréjus - Saint-Raphaël, France 
9   Hendrik Brouwers Metro-Racing 92, France
8   Denis Eppe  Boitsfort RC
7   Michael De Molder  Boitsfort RC
6   Julien Morelli Bastia, France
5   Pierre Hendrickx Boitsfort RC
4   Cyril Nana  RSC Anderlecht
3   Maxime Jadot  Selection Paloise, France
2   Thomas Dienst Lille Metropole Rugby, France
1   Julien Massimi RC Auxerre, France 
16   Bastian Vermeylen  Boitsfort RC
17   Alain Miriallakis  NSW Waratahs, Australia
18   André Kouemou La Hulpe RC 
19   Brieuc Frater La Hulpe RC 
20   Corentin Lecloux  Boitsfort RC
21   Simon Marote ASUB Waterloo
22   Florent Debatty Soignies
23   Alan Williams  Montluçon, France
    HEAD COACH: Richard McClintock

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