Georgian rugby team to face off Spain in Rugby Europe Championship on March 3
23 February, 2018
Georgian rugby team to face off Spain in Rugby Europe Championship on March 3
Georgia will face off Spain in the third match of Rugby Europe Championship at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi on March 3. The game starts at 6:00 (Georgian time).

Spain national rugby union team, nicknamed Los Leones, (The Lions) is not a weak opponent. As of September11 , 2017, Spain iwas ranked 19th in the world, what means that exciting battle awaits the Georgian rugby team, nicknamed The Lelos.
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Georgian rugby team's training session before the game against Spain.
Photo courtesy Gogita Bukhaidze


The Spain national rugby union team is administered by the Spanish Rugby Federation. The team annually takes part in the European Nations Cup, the highest European rugby championship outside the Six Nations.
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Still from the training session. Photo courtesy Gogita Bukhaidze

Rugby union in Spain dates back to 1901, although Spain did not play its first international until 1929, beating Italy 9–0 in Barcelona. Throughout the century, Spain mostly played against other European competitors such as France, Italy, Romania, West Germany, the Soviet Union, and Portugal. The team's greatest moment of success came in 1999, when Spain qualified for the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
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Spain VS Romania

Today, Spain competes in the European Nations Cup against Georgia, Germany, Portugal, Romania, and Russia. Spain has never been crowned European champions, though has come close. The closest they've come to becoming European champions was in 2012, having beaten both Romania and Georgia and finishing second.

As a reminder, The Lelos have already claimed two thrilling victory in Rugby Europe Championship, by defeating Belgium and Germany. The team's nickname, The Lelos, comes from lelo burti, a traditional Georgian sport with strong similarities to rugby. Lelo has been adopted as the Georgian word for "try" (the highest-valued score in rugby). One standard cheer of Georgian rugby union fans is Lelo, Lelo, Sakartvelo (Try, Try, Georgia).
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The Lelos

The game against Belgium was held on February 10. Georgian rugby team won over Belgium 47:0. As for the second match, The Lelos handed defeat to Germany 64:0 on February 18.
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Georgia VS Belgium

As for the upcoming games, Georgian rugby team will face off Russia on March 10 and Romania on March 18. The championship will end on March 18.

Georgia competes annually in the Rugby Europe Championship (previously named European Nations Cup). They won the tournament nine times in 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
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Georgia VS Germany

The 2018 Rugby Europe Championship is the premier rugby union competition outside of the Six Nations Championship in Europe. This is the second season under its new format that sees Georgia, Germany, Romania, Russia, Spain and Belgium compete for the title.

Tickets are available at the stadium box offices and online www.tkt.ge

First photo courtesy Gogita Bukhaidze

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