Saturday, March 15, 2014


Venue: Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilissi

Referee: Luke Pearce (England)


For those following Tier 2 nations this is the ‘final’ of the European Nations Cup and the Rugby World Cup European qualifiers. The winner takes all, including the Antim Cup, played between these two nations.

Georgia and Romania have both display a class of rugby above the others in this competition. It was interesting to read that the President of Georgia, who will be at this match, has indicated that both Romania and Georgia need to look elsewhere for their competitive opposition. Interesting indeed!

Last Five Encounters
16.03.2013 Drawn 9-9 in Bucharest (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1A)
10.03.2012 Georgia 19-13 in Bucharest (ENC 1A)
28.09.2011 Georgia 25-9 in Palmerston North (World Cup, Pool B)
12.02.2011 Georgia 18-11 in Tiblissi (ENC 1A)
13.03.2010 Romania 22-10 in Bucharest (WCQ Europe R5; ENC 1)
Romania last won in Tblissi in 2003.

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Georgia 11th, Romania 16th
Europe Table: Georgia 7th, Romania 8th

IRB Ranking Points
Georgia 69.88, Romania 68.66

Prediction: Georgia by 7 points




15   Merab Kvirikashvili  CS Vienne, France
14   Irakli Machkhaneli RC Armazi, France
13   David Kacharava  Enisey-STM Krasnoyarsk, Russia
12   Merab Shairikadze US Bourg-en-Bresse, France
11   Tamaz Mchedlidze US Bressane, France
10   Lasha Khmaladze  Lelo
9   Giorgi Begadze  Batumi
8   Dimitri Basilaia  Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland
7   Mamuka Gorgodze Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
6   Viktor Kolelishvili  Lyon Olympique Universitaire, France
5   Levan Datunashvili  Stade Aurillacois, France
4   Konstantin Mikautadze  RC Toulon, France
3   Davit Zirakashvili ASM Clermont Auvergne, France
2   Jaba Bregvadze Stade Toulousain, France
1   Mikheil Nariashvili  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
16   Shalva Mamukashvili  Armia
17   Anton Peikrishvili Castres Olympique, France
18   Levan Chilachava  RC Toulon, France
19   Giorgi Nemsadze  Tarbes, France
20   Giorgi Chkhaidze  Tarbes Pyrénées Rugby, France
21   Vazha Khutsishvili  Kharebi
22   Tedo Zibzibadze CA Périgueux, France
23   Lasha Malaguradze Stade Bagnérais, France 
    HEAD COACH: Milton Haig



15   Catalin Fercu  RCM Timisoara
14   Madalin Lemnaru  RCM Timisoara
13   Csaba Gal  CSM Baia Mare
12   Robert Dascalu Steaua Bucuresti
11   Ionut Dumitru  Steaua Bucuresti
10   Florin Vlaicu  RCJ Farul Constanta
9   Valentin Calafeteanu  RCM Timisoara
8   Stelian Burcea RCM Timisoara
7   Mihai Macovei (Capt.)  Sporting Nazairien, France
6   Viorel Lucaci  Steaua Bucharesti
5   Valentin Poparlan  RCM Timisoara
4   Marius Sirbe  Tarbes Pyrénées Rugby, France
3   Paulica Ion  USA  Perpignan, France
2   Andrei Radoi  Ealing RFC, England
1   Mihaita Lazar  Castres Olympique, France
16   Eugen Capatana RCM Timisoara
17   Andrei Ursache US Carcassonne, France
18   Horatiu Pungea  Llanelly Scarlets, Wales
19   Cristian Munteanu U S Romans et Peageoise, France
20   Vlad Nistor Castres Olympique, France
21   Dorin Manole US Orthez, France
22   Florin Surugiu  CSM Bucaresti
23   Cristian Dinis-Vartic  CSM Baia Mare
    HEAD COACH: Lyn Howells

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