Rugby World Cup: 10 things you need to know about Georgia
02 October, 2015
Rugby World Cup: 10 things you need to know about Georgia
The All Blacks [New Zealand national rugby union team] face Georgia for the first time on Saturday, so what do we know about the Georgian rugby team?

The New Zealand Herald gives a list:

1 - The nickname Lelos comes from lelo burti, a traditional Georgian sport similar to rugby which goes back to pagan times.
2 - The team's emblem is called a borjgali, a symbol of the sun with seven rotating wings. As Christian symbol it means eternal movement
and life.
3 - Their largest win is a 98-3 thrashing of the Czech Republic in 2007 while the biggest defeat is 84-6, at the hands of England at the 2003 World Cup.
4-Georgia has a 61.53% win record - 109 from 182. That's better than Group A's Grim Reaper trio of England (57.39%), Wales (53.83%) and Australia (52.65%).
5- Possibly a hint that they favour forward-play...Georgia's top tryscorer of all time is giant loosie Mamuka Gorgodze who had scored 25.
He's actually fifth on their all-time points-scoring list.
6- Georgia's most notable wins were against Samoa in Tbilisi in 2013 (16-15) along with another home win against Japan (35-25) last year.
7 - The All Blacks have Eden Park and Georgia have the National Stadium in Tbilisi where they have a formidable record going 21 straight tests without defeat between 2004 and 2012.
8- The All Blacks have famously never lost to Scotland, Ireland and Argentina while Georgia can say the same about rivals Ukraine (9-0), Czech Republic (8-0), Germany (4-0).
9- They have been at war with Russia on a number of occasions but Georgia own them on the rugby field having won 17 of their 19 encounters since 1993.
10- For Georgia's 23-man squad to face the All Blacks, every forward has an overseas contact, while the majority of the backs play at Georgian clubs.

We remind you that so far, Georgia has played two games at the World Cup. After the memorable victory over Tonga in the opening match (17-10), the Lelos suffered a painful defeat against Argentina (9-54).

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