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Georgia made a number of modifications to the beginning lineup to face Fiji on Saturday, hoping to safe the win to maintain their hopes of advancing from World Cup Pool D alive.

After the Georgians misplaced their group opener to Australia, head coach Levan Maisashvili made eight modifications to face Portugal. That recreation resulted in an 18-18 draw.

Towards Fiji, scrumhalf Vasil Lobzhanidze and flyhalf Luka Matkava, who began the primary recreation however dropped to the bench towards Portugal, are in once more.

Centre Merab Sharikadze, captain within the first two video games, has been dropped.

Maisashvili mentioned a few of the modifications have been compelled: “There are all the time accidents in rugby. You may attempt to plan for the whole lot but it surely all the time goes a special approach, you simply can not keep away from it.

“However each participant who is chosen to play is absolutely prepared and can give 100% on the pitch, so I’m not shedding hope.”

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Towards Portugal, Georgia salvaged a draw with a 78th minute strive by substitute hooker Tengizi Zamtaradze, who will not be within the squad this time.

“We would have liked to win that recreation and sadly it’s too late to speak about that now,” Maisashvili mentioned.

“Clearly any outcome aside from successful towards Portugal could be the identical as a defeat. It had an influence on the gamers, on myself. It wasn’t nice.

“Everyone knows that in rugby it’s a battle and each time you fall down it’s important to get again up.

“So, that has given us much more motivation for the following match, and the whole lot we couldn’t do towards Portugal we’re going to do towards Fiji.”

Georgia drew 15-15 with Fiji once they final met in 2021.

“The distinction with that match was we have been capable of block their recreation, to dam their defence,” he mentioned.

“For this match we’re going to assault extra as a result of clearly if we solely concentrate on defence we won’t be able to advance.

“If we need to have the outcome we’re ready for, we’ll must be robust in every single place, in assault and defence. That’s our plan.”

Georgia – 15 Miriani Modebadze, 14 Akaki Tabutsadze, 13 Demur Tapladze, 12 Giorgi Kveseladze, 11 Davit Niniashvili, 10 Luka Matkava, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Tornike Jalagonia, 7 Beka Saginadze, 6 Mikheil Gachechiladze, 5 Konstantine Mikautadze, 4 Lasha Jaiani, 3 Beka Gigashvili, 2 Tengizi Zamtaradze, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili (c).
Subs: 16 Luka Nioradze, 17 Nika Abuladze, 18 Irakli Aptsiauri, 19 Nodar Cheishvili, 20 Luka Ivanishvili, 21 Gela Aprasidze, 22 Tedo Abzhandadze, 23 Tornike Kakhoidze

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Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP



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