The head coach of the Georgian national team said that taking into account the injuries, he made the best possible choice of players for the match against Scotland.
“Apart from the injured players, we have chosen the optimal squad. Beka Gigashvili played in the Challenge Cup final with a leg injury, but I’m not going to put my guys at risk, especially since Beka still has a sore leg. Lekso Kaulashvili will make his debut at the right post. he is in excellent form and in the short time spent with the team, he has fit in well with the national team’s preparation process. Lasha Khmaladze injured his leg during training. It’s nothing serious, but he’ll have to skip this game.
Our third line of attack is mobile and fast. The replacement will be Giorgi Javakhia, who returned to the national team after a rather long pause. He’s in good physical shape. In General, we have such Rugby players who should bring a boost of energy to the team. Despite the fact that we had little time to prepare, I believe that we managed to optimally work out the schemes of attack and defense, and if the lack of game practice does not make itself felt, we will have a good and interesting game,” said the head coach of Lelos.
As you know, the match of the Rugby Europe Championship against the Russian national team, scheduled for November 1, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and this fact created problems for Lelos in preparation for the Autumn Cup of Nations:
“At this stage, we are focused on the match against Scotland, and the postponement of the game with Russia did not affect the selection of the squad for Edinburgh. The meeting with Russia was considered a preparatory stage for the Eight-nation tournament. We planned to make changes to the squad after the match against Scotland. It is also bad that after the game with Scotland we will be forced to send foreign players to clubs. In fact, hopes for a two-week training camp were dashed. The rest of the team will return to Georgia and continue training on site. It turns out that we will not have a full week to prepare for the game with England.”