All change for Georgia
September 14, 2007
Georgia's punishing schedule has prompted coach Malkhaz Cheishvili to make 11 changes for Saturday's Pool D clash with Ireland.
Auch lock Ilia Zedginidze leads the side and is one of only four survivors from the team which troubled Argentina before succumbing to a 33-3 defeat on Tuesday night.
Zedginidze continues his second row partnership with Mamuka Gorgodze, the Montpellier forward who will be winning his 25th cap at the Stade Chaban-Delmas.
Massy's Giorgi Chkhaidze resumes his back row duties, although he has been switched from blindside flanker to number eight.
Pau fly-half Merab Kvirikashvili, who impressed against the Pumas, is the only threequarter to have retained his place in the team.
Georgia are being hampered by a fixture list that demands they face two of the world's top six teams within five days.
The Irish, who sit seven places higher in the world rankings, complete a gruelling programme that Cheishvili has confirmed shaped his team selection.
``The schedule is very uncomfortable for us and we didn't choose it,'' he said.
``But we have prepared for this by planning to use our squad as much as possible.
``It's difficult but there is nothing we can do about it, we have to face the challenge.
``We don't see it like the bigger teams get treated better than the smaller ones, it's just the way it.''
Georgia: Otar Barkalaia, Giorgi Elizbarashvili, Revaz Gigauri, Davit Kacharava, Giorgi Shkinin, Merab Kvirikashvili, Bidzina Samkharadze; Mamuka Magrakvelidze, Goderdzi Shvelidze, Avtandil Kopaliani, Ilia Zedginidze (captain), Mamuka Gorgodze, Ilia Maisuradze, Rati Urushadze, Giorgi Chkhaidze.
Replacements: Akvsenti Giorgadze, David Khinchagashvili, Levan Datunashvili, Zviad Maisuradze, Irakli Abuseridze, Malkhaz Urjukashvili, Otar Eloshvili.