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Georgia keep faith in winners

Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00
Georgia put faith in their European Nations Cup-winning team Monday for this week's World Cup opener with Scotland.

Georgia put faith in their European Nations Cup-winning team Monday for this week's World Cup opener with Scotland.

Twelve of the 15 players who started the championship's final in March were named for Wednesday's Pool B clash at Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill.

But only hooker Jaba Bregvadze, second row Vakhtang Maisuradze and utility back Revaz Gigauri were retained from Georgia's last Test match, a 23-18 win against Namibia in June.

Georgia: 15 Revaz Gigauri, 14 Irakli Machkhaneli, 13 David Kacharava, 12 Tedo Zibzibadze, 11 Alexander Todua, 10 Merab Kvirikashvili, 9 Irakli Abuseridze (captain), 8 Dimitri Basilaia, 7 Mamuka Gorgodze, 6 Shalva Sutiashvili, 5 Vakhtang Maisuradze, 4 Levan Datunashvili, 3 David Zirakashvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 David Khinchagishvili.
Replacements: 16 Akvsenti Giorgadze, 17 David Kubriashvili, 18 Giorgi Chkhaidze, 19 Viktor Kolelishvili, 20 Bidzina Samkharadze, 21 Lasha Khmaladze, 22 Malkhaz Urjukashvili.

Date: Wednesday, September 14
Venue: Rugby Park, Invercargill
Kick-off: 19.30 (07.30 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Simon McDowell (Ireland), Tim Hayes (Wales)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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