Georgia at the Rugby World Cup

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Georgia has competed in three Rugby World Cup tournaments. Their first appearance was in 2003 when they were placed in Pool C with eventual winners England, South Africa, Uruguay and Samoa. They qualified for the 2007 World Cup and were placed in Pool D with Argentina, France, Ireland and Namibia. In 2011, Georgia qualified for their third straight Rugby World Cup. Georgia was placed in Pool B with Scotland, England, Argentina and Romania

Rising to the World Cup challenge[edit]

"I knew it would be physical but was surprised at their organisation and their fitness," Ireland second row Paul O'Connell said after his side escaped with a 14-10 victory over Georgia on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

If the final whistle left Ireland counting their blessings - and their bruises - it was a cause for massive celebration for the Georgian gladiators, who were cheered by the 33,000 crowd on a deserved lap of honour.

Georgia record first RWC win[edit]

Georgia recorded their first win in a rugby world cup with a 30-0 win over Namibia in their rain-affected Pool D match at Stade Felix-Bollaert.

The foundation for the three-tries-to-none victory was laid by Georgia's experienced forward pack who wore down their opponents at the breakdown.

Dominating territory and possession in the first half it took 37 minutes for Georgia to break Namibia's defensive line, hooker Akvsenti Giorgadze, in his 50th international, pushing his way over after good lead-up work from his forwards.

Two penalties and a conversion from the boot of fly half Merab Kvirikashvili contributed to Georgia's 13-0 lead at the break, the number 10 becoming Georgia's record point-scorer in rugby world cups.

Georgia's forward pack continued to dominate at the breakdown in the second stanza but Namibia's defence held strong. It was another Kvirikashvili penalty in the 68th minute that got the scoreboard ticking over again.

Wing Irakli Machkhaneli then raced 30m to score in the 70th minute after knocking the ball loose in a bonecrunching tackle.

Centre Davit Kacharava put the finishing touches on the win intercepting a pass and scooting 40m to score on the final whistle.

Namibia's RWC 2007 campaign was over with the Georgia honourable 7-64 defeat to hosts France on 30 September.

By position[edit]

Year Round Position Played Won Drew Lost For Against
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991
South Africa 1995
Wales 1999
Australia 2003 Pool 4 4 46 200
France 2007 Pool 4 1 3 50 111
New Zealand 2011 Pool 4 1 3 48 90
England 2015
Japan 2019
Total 12 2 10 144 401

By matches[edit]

1987 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Not invited. (The USSR national rugby union team was Georgia's international representation at this time.)

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify

2003[edit]

Group C matches -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against BP Points
 England 4 0 0 255 47 3 19
 South Africa 3 0 1 184 60 3 15
 Samoa 2 0 2 138 117 2 10
 Uruguay 1 0 3 56 255 0 4
 Georgia 0 0 4 46 200 0 0
2003-10-12
England  84 – 6  Georgia
Tries: Tindall, Dawson, Thompson, Back, Dallaglio, Greenwood (2), Regan, Cohen (2), Robinson, Luger
Con: Wilkinson (5), Grayson (4)
Pen: Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Urjukashvili, Jimsheladze
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 25,501
Referee: Pablo De Luca Argentina

2003-10-19
Georgia  9 – 46  Samoa
Pen: Jimsheladze (2)
Drop: Jimsheladze
Tries: Tagicakibau, Vaa'a, Sititi, So'oialo, Feaunati, Lima
Con: Va'a (5)
Pen: Va'a (2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 21,507
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

2003-10-24
South Africa  46 – 19  Georgia
Tries: Rossouw (2), Hougaard, van Niekerk, Fourie, Botha, Burger
Con: Hougaard (4)
Pen: Hougaard
Tries: Dadunashvili
Con: Jimsheladze
Pen: Jimsheladze (3), Kvirikashvili
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 34,308
Referee: Stuart Dickinson Australia

2003-10-28
Georgia  12 – 24  Uruguay
Pen: Urjukashvili, Kvirikashvili (3) Tries: Cardoso, Lamelas, Brignoni
Con: Aguirre (2), Menchaca
Pen: Juan Menchaca
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 28,576
Referee: Kelvin Deaker New Zealand

2007[edit]

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/- BP Pts
 Argentina 4 4 0 0 16 143 33 +110 2 18
 France 4 3 0 1 24 188 37 +151 3 15
Ireland 4 2 0 2 9 64 82 −18 1 9
 Georgia 4 1 0 3 5 50 111 −61 1 5
 Namibia 4 0 0 4 3 30 212 −182 0 0
  FRA GEO IRE NAM
Argentina 17–12 33–3 30–15 63–3
France 64–7 25–3 87–10
Georgia 10–14 30–0
Ireland 32–17
11 September 2007
20:00
Argentina  33 – 3  Georgia
Tries: Borges 47' c, 56' m
Albacete 72' m
Martin Aramburu 80' c
Con: F. Contepomi (1/3)
Hernández (1/1)
Pen: F. Contepomi (3/3) 12', 35', 54'
Report Pen: Kvirikashvili (1/2) 2'
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 40,240
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

15 September 2007
21:00
Ireland  14 – 10  Georgia
Tries: R. Best 17' c
Dempsey 55' c
Con: O'Gara (2/2)
Report Try: Shkinin 45' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1)
Pen: Kvirikashvili (1/2) 37'
Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
Attendance: 33,807
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

26 September 2007
18:00
Georgia  30 – 0  Namibia
Tries: Giorgadze 37' c
Machkhaneli 70' c
Kacharava 80+' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (3/3)
Pen: Kvirikashvili (3/6) 8', 26', 69'
Report
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 32,549
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

30 September 2007
15:00
France  64 – 7  Georgia
Tries: Poitrenaud 6' c
Nyanga 30' c
Beauxis 37' c
Dominici (2) 45' m, 57' m
Bruno 52' c
Nallet 63' c
Martin 67' m
Bonnaire 80' m
Con: Beauxis (5/9)
Pen: Beauxis (3/3) 4', 18', 24'
Report Try: Z. Maisuradze 72' c
Con: Urjukashvili (1/1)
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 58,695
Referee: Alan Lewis Republic of Ireland

2011[edit]

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 England 4 4 0 0 18 137 34 +103 2 18
 Argentina 4 3 0 1 10 90 40 +50 2 14
 Scotland 4 2 0 2 4 73 59 +14 3 11
 Georgia 4 1 0 3 3 48 90 −42 0 4
 Romania 4 0 0 4 3 44 169 −125 0 0


14 September 2011
19:30
Scotland  15 – 6  Georgia
Pen: Parks (4/7) 24', 34', 71', 76'
Drop: Parks (1/1) 39'
Report Pen: Kvirikashvili (2/2) 17', 73'
Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
Attendance: 10,267
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

18 September 2011
18:00
England  41 – 10  Georgia
Try: Hape (2) 4' c, 21' c
Armitage 47' m
Tuilagi 62' c
Ashton (2) 65' c, 80' m
Con: Flood (4/6)
Pen: Flood (1/1) 35'
Report Try: Basilaia 40' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1)
Pen: Kvirikashvili (1/6) 27'
Otago Stadium, Dunedin
Attendance: 20,117
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

28 September 2011
19:30
Georgia  25 – 9  Romania
Try: Gorgodze 56' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (1/1)
Pen: Kvirikashvili (5/7) 9', 24', 31', 36', 70'
Urjukashvili (1/1) 76'
Report Pen: Dumbravă (2/4) 12', 34'
Vlaicu (1/1) 72'
Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
Attendance: 13,228
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

2 October 2011
13:00
Argentina  25 – 7  Georgia
Try: Imhoff 32' m
Contepomi 68' c
Gosio 79' c
Con: Contepomi (1/2)
Bosch (1/1)
Pen: Contepomi (2/4) 51', 60'
Report Try: Khmaladze 39' c
Con: Urjukashvili (1/1)
Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
Attendance: 13,754
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Overall record[edit]

 Country Pld W D L F A +/- %
 Uruguay 1 - - 1 12 24 -12 0
 South Africa 1 - - 1 19 46 -27 0
 Samoa 1 - - 1 9 46 -35 0
 England 2 - - 2 16 125 -109 0
 Argentina 2 - - 2 10 58 -48 0
 Ireland 1 - - 1 10 14 -4 0
 Scotland 1 - - 1 6 15 -9 0
 Romania 1 1 - - 25 9 16 100
 Namibia 1 1 - - 30 0 30 100
 France 1 - - 1 7 64 -57 0
TOTAL 12 2 - 10 144 401 -257 17
Year(s) Result
1987 No qualifying tournament held.
1991 to 1999 Did not qualify.
2003 Qualified. Group stages.
2007 Qualified. Group stages. One Win.
2011 Qualified. Group stages. One Win.
2015 Qualified.

Team Records[edit]

Most Points in a Game
Biggest Winning Margin
Highest Score Against
Biggest Losing Margin
Most Tries in a Game

Individual Records[edit]

Most World Cup Matches
Most Points Overall
Most Points in a Game
Most Tries Overall
Most Tries in a Game


Most Penalty Goals
Most Penalty Goals in a Game
Most Drop Goals

References[edit]