Georgia name strong side for Pumas clash
September 29, 2011
Georgia's Mamuka Gorgodze and Dimitri Basilaia jump for the ball during Wednesday's win over Romania © Getty Images
Georgia head coach Richie Dixon has made six changes in personnel for his side's final Rugby World Cup Pool B outing, against Argentina in Palmerston North on Sunday.
The Georgians were in action on Wednesday against but, despite the four-day turnaround, Dixon has decided against completely overhauling his side, which will be comforting for his native Scotland, who will be hoping that the eastern Europeans can spring a surprise against the Pumas.
However, while there are just two new faces behind the scrum, with Malkhaz Urjukashvili coming in at fullback and Lekso Gugava earning a start on the right wing, the inclusion of Urjukashvili sees Lasha Khmaladze switch to No.10, taking the place of Merab Kvirikashvili, who has been benched despite kicking 17 points against Romania.
In the pack, Vasil Kakovin and Akvsenti Giorgadze are recalled to the front-row, Levan Datunashvili comes into the second-row, while Dimitri Basilaia makes way for Viktor Koleishvili in the back-row. The latter change results in Mamuka Gorgodze moving back to No.8.
Georgia: Malkhaz Urjukashvili; Lekso Gugava, David Kacharava, Tedo Zibzibadze, Alexander Todua; Lasha Khmaladze, Irakli Abuseridze (capt); Vasil Kakovin, Akvsenti Giorgadze, David Zirakashvili; Levan Datunashvili, Vakhtang Maisuradze; Giorgi Chkhaidze, Viktor Kolelishvili, Mamuka Gorgodze.
Replacements: Jaba Bregvadze, Goderdzi Shvelidze, Giorgi Nemsadze, Ilia Zedginidze, Bidzina Samkharadze, Merab Kvirikashvili, Lasha Malaguradze.
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