Seven changes for the round two match against Nederlands

Seven changes for the round two match against Nederlands

The Lelos coaching staff named the squad for the second game of the 2022 Rugby Europe Championship.

After last week’s draw with Portugal, there are seven changes in the starting 15.

Front row has been completely changed – Mikheil Nariashvili, Shalva Mamukashvili and Luka Japaridze start up front, while Guram Gogichashvili moved to bench. As for injured Beka Gigashvili, Nika Khatiashvili will be available as substitute prop and Giorgi Chkoidze – as substitute hooker.

Nodar Cheishvili will pair with Lasha Jaiani in the second row, with Giorgi Javakhia as backup.

Back row features Giorgi Tsutskiridze, Otar Giorgadze and Tornike Jalagonia in the starting team, while Sandro Mamamtavrishvili moves to the bench.

Vasil Lobzhanidze returns to number 9, to be paired with Tedo Abzhandadze at 10. Davit Meskhi starts at wing, who won his first international cap against Portugal last week. Merab Sharikadze, Deme Tapladze, Aka Tabutsadze and Lasha Khmaladze are still among the beginners. Gela Aprasidze, Giorgi Babunashvili and 18-year-old Tornike Kakhoidze (uncapped) are on the bench.


Rugby Europe Championship 2022 | ROUND 2
Amsterdam. KO 16:15 (GEO time) | Nederlands vs Georgia

Backs:  Lasha Khmaladze (Black Lion, 89 Caps), 14. Aka Tabutsadze (Black Lion, 16 Caps), 13. Deme Tapladze (Black Lion, 13 Caps), 12. Merab Sharikadze (Black Lion, CPT. 81 Caps), 11. Davit Meskhi (Enisey, 1 Cap), 10. Tedo Abzhandadze (Brive, 29 Caps), 9. Vasil Lobzhanidze (Brive, 61 Caps);

Forwards: 1. Mikheil Nariashvili (Montpellier, 68 Caps), 2. Shalva Mamukashvili (Black Lion, 85 Caps), 3. Luka Japaridze (Brive, 4 Caps), 4.  Nodar Cheishvili (Black Lion, 34 Caps), 5. Lasha Jaiani (Black Lion, 13 Caps), 6. Otar Giorgadze (Brive, 30 Caps), 7. Giorgi Tsutskiridze (Aurillac, 23 Caps), 8.Tornike Jalaghonia (Biaritz, 13 Caps);

Subs: 16. Giorgi Chkoidze (Locomotive-Penza, 19 Caps), 17. Guram Gogichashvili (Racing 92, 26 Caps), 18. Nika Khatiashvili (Black Lion, 6 Caps), 19. Giorgi Javakhia (Aurilliac, 7 Caps), 20. Sandro Mamamtavrishvili (Black Lion, 1 Cap); 21. Gela Aprasidze (Montpellier, 36 Caps), 22. Tornike Kakhidze (Lelo Saracens, uncapped), 23. Giorgi Babunashvili (Black Lion, 4 Caps)