Irakli Abuseridze

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Irakli Abuseridze
Irakli Abuseridze 2011.jpg
Abuseridze in action vs Romania at 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Full name Irakli Abuseridze
Date of birth (1977-11-25) November 25, 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Tbilisi, Georgia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003-2006
2006-2009
2009-
Aurillac
Orléans
Auxerre
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000-  Georgia 85 (40)

Irakli Abuseridze (Georgian: ირაკლი აბუსერიძე, pronounced [irakʼli abusɛrid͡zɛ]; born in Tbilisi on November 25, 1977) is a Georgian rugby union footballer. He plays as a scrum-half. Abuseridze is the most capped player of all time for the Georgia national rugby union team and is also the captain of the side.

Career[edit]

Abuseridze made his international debut for Georgia aged 22 against Italy XV in 2000. He has gone onto to become a stalwart of the national team and played in all three of Georgia's World Cup appearances in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and has captained the side since 2008 taking over from Ilia Zedginidze.

At club level Abuseridze played with Aurillac in Pro D2 for three years between 2003 and 2006, reaching the Pro De semi finals with them in 2005. He moved down to Fédérale 1 to play for another three years with Orléans before in 2009 again moving down a division to play in Fédérale 2 with Auxerre as a player/coach.

At national level Abuseridze was the first ever Georgian to reach 80 caps and currently holds the record for most caps for Georgia with 85. He is the third most capped player of all time outside the Tier 1 nations. He has scored 8 tries, 40 points on aggregate. He was called for the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

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