Georgia make three changes for test against Fiji


Rugby Union Britain - Scotland v Georgia - Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland - 26/11/16 Sandro Todua of Georgia in action Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff Livepic

(Reuters) - Injury has ruled out Georgia loose forward Beka Gorgadze prompting changes to their side for their final Autumn Nations Cup game against Fiji at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Coach Levan Maisashvili on Thursday made two changes to the forward pack and one among the backs from the side that lost 23-10 to Ireland in Dublin last Sunday.

Sandro Todua comes in on the wing in place of Tamaz Mchedlidze while Tornike Jalagonia moves to number eight in place of Gorgadze, who has a knee injury, with Otar Giorgadze coming in on the flank.

At lock, Kote Mikautadze returns after a rib injury to replace Nodar Cheishvili.

“We selected the players who are best prepared for the game at the current moment. Unfortunately, we also have some injuries, which obviously influenced the selection process, and it is very unfortunate that we will lack such a leader as Beka Gorgadze. He is a huge force behind the team,” Maisashvili said.

“Young Tornike Jalagonia, who performed exceptionally well against Ireland, will prepare to start instead of him on Saturday. This game will be the perfect opportunity for him to grow.

“I am very happy to have Kote Mikautadze back in lineup, as he recovered from the injury picked against Wales. Overall, the team is well balanced."

Team: 15-Soso Matiashvili, 14-Akaki Tabutsadze, 13-Giorgi Kveseladze, 12-Merab Sharikadze (capt), 11-Sandro Todua, 10-Tedo Abzhandadze, 9-Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8-Tornike Jalaghonia, 7-Beka Saghinadze, 6-Otar Giorgadze, 5-Kote Mikautadze, 4-Lasha Jaiani, 3-Beka Gigashvili, 2-Shalva Mamukashvili, 1-Mikheil Nariashvili.

Replacements: 16-Jaba Bregvadze, 17-Guram Gogichashvili, 18-Giorgi Melikidze, 19-Grigol Kerdikoshvili,20-Mikheil Gachechiladze, 21-Gela Aprasidze, 22-Demur Tapladze, 23-Davit Niniashvili.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Toby Davis)

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