Saturday, February 7, 2015



Venue: Heusenstamm

Referee: Laurent Cordona (France)

Germany gained promotion to Division 1A after heading Division 1B for the 2012-2014 ENC Championship. Germany had previously played at this level for the 2008-10 ENC 1A championship. That was their first step up to the highest ENC level in recent times. It proved a disaster. After two seasons without a win they were relegated. The question is have things changed for German rugby since 2010?

Georgia has consistently proven over the last two seasons that they are perhaps a level up from the rest of the teams in this competition, with Romania perhaps an exception. They should there for have little difficulty defeating the Germans.

In the two games played between these nations over 2008-10 Germany lost both games; 5-38 in Heidelberg and 3-77 in Tbilisi.

Both teams go into this match understrength. Germany because of injuries Georgia with some injury but mostly selections.

Germany’s latest outing was a 20-58 loss to Namibia in Windhoek in late October 2014. Georgia defeated Japan 35-24 in Tbilisi in November. The difference in the quality of opposition must be a concern for the Germans desperate not to repeat the woes of 2008-10.

Germany Last Five P 5, W 3, L 2
29.10.2014 v Namibia L 20-58 in Windhoek
24.05.2014 v Russia L 20-31 in Hamburg (WCQ Europe R5 Playoff)
10.05.2014 v Netherlands W 17-7 in Amsterdam (WCQ Europe R4 Playoff)
26.04.2014 v Sweden W 45-20 in Stockholm (WCQ Europe R4; ENC 1B)
05.04.2014 v Czech Republic W 76-12 in Heidelberg (WCQ Eur. R4; ENC 1B)

Georgia Last Five P 5, W 2, L 4
23.11.2014 v Japan W 35-24 in Tbilisi
16.11.2014 v Ireland L 7-49 in Dublin
08.11.2014 v Tonga L 9-23 in Tbilisi
22.06.2014 v Emerging Italy W 34-10 in Tbilisi (IRB Tbilisi Cup)
18.06.2014 v Argentina Jaguars L 16-26 in Tbilisi (IRB Tbilisi Cup)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: Georgia 15th, Germany 27th
Europe Table: Georgia 7th, Germany 15th

IRB Ranking Points
Georgia 70.76, Germany 56.32

Prediction: Georgia by 35 points




15   Steffan Liebig Heidelberger RK
14   Hendrik van der Merwe Heidelberger TV
13   Clemens von Grumbkow Heidelberger RK
12   Anjo Buckman Heidelberger RK
11   Mark Szytyndera SC 1880 Frankfurt
10   Jeremy Te Huia TV Pforzheim
9   Timothy Menzel TSV Handschuhsheim
8   Alan Kessen San Isidro Club, Argentina
7   Umberto Pilla Rugby San Dona, Italy
6   Robert Hittel Heidelberger RK
5   Robert May TV Pforzheim
4   Michael Poppmeier False Bay RFC, South Africa
3   Matthais Schösser  Aberdeen RFC, Scotland
2   Michail Tyumenev Stade Montois Rugby, France
1   Samuel Fuchsel Heidelberger RK
16   Dale Garner Stourbridge RFC, England
17   Marcus Bender TSV Handschuhsheim
18   Christopher Howells CA Saint-Etienne, France
19   Falk Duwe RK 03 Berlin
20   Kehoma Brenner Heidelberger RK
21   Carlos Soteras-Merz TV Pforzheim
22   Pierre Mathurin Heidelberger RK
23   Sean Armstrong  Heidelberger RK
    HEAD COACH: Kobus Potgieter



15   Giorgi Aptsiauri  Aia
14   Sandro Todua Lelo
13   David Kacharava  Enisey-STM Krasnoyarsk, Russia
12   Merab Shairikadze Stade Aurillacois, France
11   Alexander Khutsishvili Kochebi
10   Lasha Khmaladze  Lelo
9   Vasil Lobjanidze Armazi
8   Beka Bitsadze Locomotive
7   Shalva Sutiashvili (Capt.) RC Massy, France
6   Georgi Tkhilaishvili Batumi
5   Giorgi Nemsadze  Tarbes Pyrénées Rugby, France
4   Vakhtang Maisiradze SC Albi, France
3   Davit Zirakashvili  ASM Clermont Auvergne, France
2   Zurab Zvania Stade Français, France
1   Mikheil Nariashvili  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
16   Shalva Mamukashvili  Sale Sharks, England
17   Levan Chilachava  RC Toulon, France
18   Davit Kubriashvili Stade Français, France
19   Konstantin Mikautadze  RC Toulon, France
20   Dimitri Basilaia  Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland
21   Giorgi Begadze  Kochebi
22   Lasha Malaguradze  Stade Bagnérais, France 
23   Tamaz Mchedlidze  SU Agen, France
    HEAD COACH: Milton Haig

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