Georgia at the Rugby World Cup

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The Georgia national rugby union team has competed in four consecutive Rugby World Cup tournaments. Starting in 2003, they were placed in Pool C with eventual winners England, South Africa, Uruguay and Samoa, where they lost all four matches. Georgia qualified for the 2007 World Cup and were placed in Pool D with Argentina, France, Ireland and Namibia, where they beat Namibia. In 2011 Rugby World Cup, Georgia qualified for their third straight tournament. They were placed in Pool B with Scotland, England, Argentina and Romania and won the game against rivals Romania. Their best performance was in 2015 tournament, when they were drawn against eventual world champions New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Namibia. Georgia won games against Tonga and Namibia, finished third in the group and automatically qualified for 2019 Rugby World Cup.

World Cup record[edit]

Rugby World Cup Rugby World Cup qualification
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Part of USSR: Not an independent country -
United KingdomIrelandFrance 1991 Not an independent country at time of qualifying matches Part of USSR: Not an independent country
South Africa 1995 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 15 38
Wales 1999 8 4 0 4 131 221
Australia 2003 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 46 200 2 1 0 1 31 76
France 2007 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 50 111 14 10 1 3 426 182
New Zealand 2011 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 48 90 10 8 1 1 326 132
England 2015 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 53 123 10 9 1 0 286 106
Japan 2019 Automatically qualified Automatically qualified
Total 4/8 16 4 0 12 197 524 46 32 3 11 1215 755

By matches[edit]

2003[edit]

Main article: 2003 Rugby World Cup

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. Maissuradze 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)

2015[edit]

Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 New Zealand 4 4 0 0 25 174 49 +125 3 19
 Argentina 4 3 0 1 22 179 70 +109 3 15
 Georgia 4 2 0 2 5 53 123 –70 0 8
 Tonga 4 1 0 3 8 70 130 –60 2 6
 Namibia 4 0 0 4 8 70 174 –104 1 1
19 September 2015
12:00
Tonga  10 – 17  Georgia
Try: Vainikolo 72' c
Con: Morath (1/1) 73'
Pen: Morath (1/1) 9'
Report Try: Gorgodze 27' c
Tkhilaishvili 56' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (2/2) 28', 57'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (1/3) 19'
Malaghuradze (0/1)
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Attendance: 14,200
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

25 September 2015
16:45
Argentina  54 – 9  Georgia
Try: Lavanini 10' m
Cubelli 47' c
Imhoff (2) 49' c, 76' m
Cordero (2) 53' c, 72' c
Landajo 70' c
Con: Sánchez (3/4) 48', 51', 54'
Bosch (2/3) 71', 74'
Pen: Sánchez (2/2) 21', 35'
Drop: Sánchez 6'
Report Pen: Kvirikashvili (3/3) 17', 20', 32'
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Attendance: 14,256
Referee: JP Doyle (England)

2 October 2015
20:00
New Zealand  43 – 10  Georgia
Try: Naholo 2' c
Savea (3) 8' m, 17' m, 74' c
Coles 22' m
Read 52' c
Fekitoa 77' c
Con: Carter (4/7) 3', 53', 75', 78'
Report Try: Tsiklauri 5' c
Con: Malaghuradze (1/1) 6'
Pen: Malaghuradze (1/1) 12'
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 69,187
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)

7 October 2015
20:00
Namibia  16 – 17  Georgia
Try: Kotzé 74' c
Con: Kotzé (1/1) 76'
Pen: Kotzé (3/3) 2', 18', 71'
Report Try: Gorgodze 50' c
Malaghuradze 55' c
Con: Kvirikashvili (2/2) 51', 56'
Pen: Kvirikashvili (1/1) 68'
Sandy Park, Exeter
Attendance: 11,156
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

Overall record[edit]

 Country Pld W D L F A +/- %
 Uruguay 1 - - 1 12 24 -12 0
 Tonga 1 1 - - 17 10 7 100
 South Africa 1 - - 1 19 46 -27 0
 New Zealand 1 - - 1 10 43 -33 0
 Samoa 1 - - 1 9 46 -35 0
 England 2 - - 2 16 125 -109 0
 Argentina 3 - - 3 19 112 -93 0
 Ireland 1 - - 1 10 14 -4 0
 Scotland 1 - - 1 6 15 -9 0
 Romania 1 1 - - 25 9 16 100
 Namibia 2 2 - - 47 16 31 100
 France 1 - - 1 7 64 -57 0
TOTAL 16 4 - 12 197 524 -327 17

Team records[edit]

Most points scored in a game – 30 vs  Namibia (2007)

Biggest winning margin – 30 vs  Namibia (2007)

Most points conceded in a game – 84 vs  England (2003)

Biggest losing margin – 78 vs  England (2003)

Most tries scored in a game – 3 vs  Namibia (2007)

Most tries conceded in a game – 12 vs  England (2003)

Individual records[edit]

Most World Cup matches

Most Points Overall – 86 Merab Kvirikashvili

Most points in a game – 17 vs  Romania - Merab Kvirikashvili 2011

Most tries overall – 3 Mamuka Gorgodze

Most tries in a game

Most penalty goals – 22 Merab Kvirikashvili

Most penalty goals in a game – 5 vs  RomaniaMerab Kvirikashvili 2011

Most drop goals – 1 Paliko Jimsheladze

Most drop goals in a game – 1 vs  SamoaPaliko Jimsheladze 2003

References[edit]