New chapter for Scotland and Georgia
September 11, 2011
Richie Vernon scored twice for Scotland A against Georgia in 2008 © Getty Images
Scotland and Georgia will write a new chapter in international rugby when they clash for the first time at Rugby Park Stadium on Wednesday.
The Pool B opponents have never faced each other at full international level, although Scotland A have played against Georgia on two occasions. In November 2008 Scotland A ran out convincing 69-3 winners over Georgia at Firhill. Back-row forward Richie Vernon, who will be on the bench for Andy Robinson's team on Wednesday, scored two tries for Scotland's second string while Max Evans and Kelly Brown, who will both start in Invercargill, also touched down.
However when the two sides met again less than two years later in the IRB Nations Cup Georgia pulled off a dramatic 22-21 victory in Bucharest. Back-row forward Shalva Sutiashvili scored Georgia's decisive try on the day and, if selected, he will be hoping to do the same against Scotland's senior side on Wednesday.
All-time Test record: Played: 603, Won: 257, Lost 314, Drawn 32
Highest score: vs Japan (100-8) in Perth, November 13, 2004
Biggest defeat: vs New Zealand (69-20) in Dunedin, June 24, 2000
Top points scorer: Chris Paterson 800
Top tries scorer: Tony Stanger, Ian Smith 24
All-time Test record: Played: 132, Won: 81, Lost 46, Drawn 5
Highest score: vs Czech Republic (98-3) in Tbilisi, April 7, 2007
Biggest defeat: vs England (84-6) in Perth, October 12, 2003
Top points scorer: Paliko Jimsheladze 320
Top tries scorer: ToMamuka Gorgodze 18
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