A Humble Warrior
16 October, 2015
A Humble Warrior
Georgians are not used to falling behind, especially in rugby. Even against the All Blacks. For Georgian rugby players, the stadium is a battlefield. In fact, when the war between Georgia and Russia broke out, many players stepped forward to defend their homeland.

“It was nothing special. I was in the reserves when the war started. We were summoned, and we obliged.”

We aren’t kidding you. An August 2008 photo of Giorgi Begadze, scrum half of Georgian National Rugbygeotv.ge
in: 10px 5px;" /> Team, in a military uniform has caused quite a stir on social media. Back then Begadze was actually a reservist. When he got called on to fight, he did not hesitate to exchange the ball for an assault rifle. However, Georgia’s reserve troops never saw any action and this is why he avoids discussing the topic. Never actually did anything for Georgia, he says. Even if that might be true, he still has a different kind of war to fight. The Georgian National Team’s latest performances, which have earned them a ticket to the 2019 World Cup, are all the proof we need of their extreme willingness and ability.

This is what Giorgi Begadze told Georgian Journal about his and his team’s recent successes and failures:

– We planned to win at least two matches to end up on the 2019 World Cup list without the qualification rounds, and we managed to do exactly that. As for the games we lost, well… We proved ourselves more than worthy opponents for New Zealand, and our defeat against Argentina is owed to a mistake in defense...

– What about the historical match against New Zealand? How does it feel to have All Blacks screaming a haka in your face?

– We could never have imagined that one day we would have players such as Richie McCaw, Daniel Carter, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea and others chanting a haka to intimidate us. But we were not intimidated one bit. On the contrary, I think we did very well. Besides, on that day there was only one match scheduled, so we had the entire world watching us. So, in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators, we played an excellent game against the acting world champions. Is there a better experience, a better emotion? I don’t think so.

– “A warrior both on the playing field and the battlefield” was the description provided for the photo of you clad in the military uniform. Could you comment on it in any way?

– I don’t even know who took or published it. Anyway, it was nothing special. I was in the reserves when the war started. We were summoned, and we obliged. That’s it, end of story. A couple years later, someone began sharing this photo on social media, and people became interested. But again, it does not signify anything special.

– But a rugby match can be likened to a battle of sorts, don’t you think?

– Can’t disagree with that. A rugby player’s weapon is his determination and relentlessness. When on the field, one represents his country and fights alongside his comrades. That’s one hell of a motivating cocktail for you!

geotv.ge

geotv.ge

geotv.ge

Related stories:

Warrior on the front line and at the stadium – A Georgian National Rugby Player

Manliness overload! – How Georgian rugby players prepare for the victories
Print
Other Stories
Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze is a three-time World Champion
Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze is a three-time World Champion, and four-time European Champion competing in the super-heavyweight category
Exclusive interview with Georgian boxer Avtandil Khurtsidze from Brooklyn Prison
Avtandil Khurtsidze is a Georgian boxer holding the WBO interim middleweight in 2017 and the IBO middleweight title in 2011.
Wheelchair fencer Irma Khetsuriani’s 15th Victory at World Cup
Irma Khetsuriani, a Georgian wheelchair fencer won a gold medal at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup on the 22nd of March in Pisa, Italy.
Tochinoshin lost the Ozeki title, will try to regain  it in May
Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin lost the Ozeki title as a result of losing the 15th of bout Haru Basho (2019 Sumo Spring Basho) with Takakeisho.
Georgia wins Rugby Europe Championship, happily celebrates their victory over Russia
Georgian National Rugby team has defeated the Russian team in the Rugby Europe championship to become the winner of the competition.
Georgian boy's name recorded in the history of University of Michigan
Zezva Liluashvili, a Georgian basketball player has been studying at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States for 5 years now.
Fourth victory for Tochinoshin on the Spring Basho tournament
Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze came out victorious from today’s bout on the Spring Basho.
Tochinoshin’s impressive victory raises eyebrows
Spring Basho or Haru Basho has started in Japan on the 10th of March.
Davit Kiria became the KunLunFight champion for the third time
Davit Kiria, Georgian kickboxer won the Kunlun Fight World Max Tournament.
CNN: Graham Rowntree and Milton Haig about Georgian Rugby
Graham Rowntree, a former English rugby player and a current forwards coach of the Georgian National Rugby Team speaks about Georgian rugby in the CNN’s one of the recent articles.
The New York Times: Zaza Pachulia among 5 stars of the 2003 NBA Draft class outlasting their peers
The New York Times has recently published an article about the draft experiences of five NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver and Carmelo Anthony, and Zaza Pachulia in 2003.
Nikoloz Basilashvili knocked out of Australian Open
The Australian Open kicked off on the 8th of January.
Australian Open kicks off: Nikoloz Basilashvili wins two matches
The Australian open commenced on the 8th of January.
Georgian Levan Tsurtsumia named N1 athlete of the US
Georgian weightlifter Levan Tsurtsumia is a very famous athlete in the US.
Despite injury, Tochinoshin plans to compete in New Year Basho
New Year Basho will take place between the 13th and 27th of January in Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, Japan.
Nikoloz Basilashvili among the World’s Top 20 players
ATP has recently published updated tennis player rankings.
Nikoloz Basilashvili praised as “the greatest hitter” by Novak Djokovic
The Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili lost to the No1 Serbian Novak Djokovic (6:4, 3:6, 4:6) in the quarterfinal of the Qatar Open 2018.
Nikoloz Basilashvili defeats the Russian Andrey Rublev in the Qatar Open
Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili claimed his second win of the Qatar Open by beating the No 68 seed Russian Andrey Rublev (6:3, 6:4).
Junior Zaza Pachulia players preparing for a pro basketball
Data and Saba are the sons of the famous Georgian and international basketball player Zaza Pachulia.
Georgian Wrestling added to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Georgian Wrestling (Chidaoba) has been added to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, - the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia has said.
Toma Tabatadze: Georgian Football Star in Turkey
Georgian football player Toma Tabatadze has recently become a star in Turkey.
Tochinoshin's beautiful wedding in Japan
Tochinoshin is a Georgina sumo wrestler making his career in Japan.
November Basho is over: Tochinoshin gets Kachi Koshi
On the 25th of November, the fifteenth bout of Tochinoshin took place.
Eighth victory and Ozeki title maintained by Tochinoshin
Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin came out victorious from today’s fourteenth bout and maintained a positive balance at the Kyushu Basho.
Seventh victory of Tochinoshin on the thirteenth day of Kyushu Basho
Georgian Sumo wrestler Tochinoshin maintained seventh victory today, on the thirteenth day of Kyushu Basho.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
21.04.2019
22.04.2019
USD
1
USD
2.6935
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
4.2126
Other Stories
Georgia’s Under-20 national rugby team have claimed their second victory at the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan
You can be hopeful of us like we are of you, - sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (Levan Gorgadze) told Georgian Prime Minister
On June 4, world-famous Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (born Levan Gorgadze) arrived in his homeland.
Georgian rugby team claimed yet another historic victory over French Barbarians – the second national team of the French Rugby Federation.
For the first time in the history of Sumo wrestling, a Georgian national has become the owner of the Emperor’s Cup.
Renowned Georgian chess player Nana Dzagnidze claimed the gold medal
It was in the beginning of the 1980s, when FC Dinamo Tbilisi was enjoying their best
The Georgian national rugby team defeated the U.S. squad at the Mikheil Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi on November 25.
Georgian athletes defeated British in sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games Toronto, Canada, 2017.
The national basketball team of Georgia defeated Israel at the Eurobasket
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6935
EUR
1
EUR
3.0291
GBP
1
GBP
3.5021
RUB
100
RUB
4.2126
April 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30