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tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Georgia



Georgia is one of the better not good nations in world rugby, and have taken Italy's status as "associate nation most likely to be ruined by joining the Five Six Seven Nations". The rugby team is nicknamed the Lelos as that's the name of the local brand of Calvinball. They have some proud moments, such as beating Tonga in their opening match of the 2015 world cup, and far more importantly doing this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjRQmrrAyBk against New Zealand in a later pool match.

Most of their players play in France, which therefore means I know next to nothing about them, so see below for some quality Youtube/wikipaedia based scouting. Incidentally, they are probably the least favoured team by the commentator community at the world cup, owning to easy to pronounce names such as Giorgi Tkhilaishvili and Tamaz Mchedlidze.

Forwards
As far as playing style goes, Georgia are expert producers of Big Lads. Notable Big Lads include:

Mamuka Gorgodze for whom you can just read the Italian entry for Sergio Parisse and replace the names and position (Gorgodze is a lock). He's back in the side for one last hurrah after his successor got injured. Please try not to confuse him with Beka Gorgadze or Otari Giorgadze.

Beka Gorgadze, a No8 who the Guardian reckon is their star most likely to have a breakout at the tournament. Who am I to argue with the Guardian?

Levan Chilachava, who I include as he perfectly embodies Georgian rugby by being a 21 stone prop. May well have eaten an incautious back after training one day


Backs
Little, runny-about lads are less favoured in the team, but they do have some.

Tedo Abzhandadze is their fly half. He is young, has evident star quality and plays in France. If you guessed that this makes him wildly inconsistent, congratulations! You understand French rugby. Still, he can do stuff like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSAImqrj8E8, though please do note the running it out from practically standing on the dead ball line, and imagine how well that'll go in senior rugby.

Fixtures

Georgia grace pool D with Australia, Wales, Uruguay and Fiji

This is probably unfortunate for them, but it should be great for us. Fiji-Georgia in particular promises to a festival of wildly overelaborate passing, borderline filthy tackling and props blowing chunks in the middle of the field before halftime. As their first match is against Wales, it also seems very likely Georgia will take the prized Dragonslayer award given to the team that inevitably critically injures a key Welsh player and ruins their world cup. Current holders Uruguay are also in this pool, which promises to be entertaining.

A final note, they have Graham Rowntree and Joe Worsley on their coaching staff, which I worry may causing Englanding by proxy.

tarbrush fucked around with this message at 22:22 on Sep 19, 2019

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tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


I do love tournaments in Japan, 8.30am weekend starts are amazing

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


lenoon posted:

Georgia are my absolute second tier team, they just give it such a good go

I was really happy when I drew them. The combination of Extremely Large Boys and backs that do the Full France is extremely my jam

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Lol

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Russia running out of puff a bit.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Slumfrog posted:

Was getting food. Did Australia just sub entire front row?

Yup

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Argentina have started well in fairness

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Well, that'll make things interesting

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


It is the French way

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


France gotta be close to a card here

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Nooooo that had to go

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


1045 English time, so an hour and a bit from now

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


This is top quality Francing

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


That was the dumbest penalty I've seen in some time.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Well played France, that was a cracker

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Welp. Definitely a bit of Gallic fire there.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Saffers well up for this

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Mrenda posted:

Based on fifteen minutes, and knowing there's a long way to go in both this game and the rest of the group stage, England must be thinking their chances at winning the whole lot are getting much better.

That is precisely when England are at their worst

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


That should be a penalty try surely

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


That missed penalty has basically destroyed South Africa

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Aw, they needed that

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


bessantj posted:

Good try saffas but how the hell that wasn't offside I really don't know.

Always know an interesting decision when the broadcaster absolutely won't show it and the commentators suddenly shut up about it.

Also yay, Louw's coming on

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


One of those was forwards, surely?

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Definitely a bit of hope for the chasing pack, NZ still look super, but not unbeatable right now

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


I am enjoying it, will be down the pub at half eight tomorrow for the home nations games, and then it'll flow right into the football

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


This is amazing Scotlanding

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Congratulations Scotland: You Tried.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


This is apparently the Bad National Anthem cup.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Vaders Jester posted:

How the gently caress is that not a yellow card for Tuilagi?

It was fine.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


What a silly try

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Or not a try.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


No doubt about that one.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


That man in the union jack suit needs to die a sudden painful death

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


Boooo. Boooooo! Take the scrum you cowards.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


They better not send him off, that was absolutely fine.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


The most English try

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


harperdc posted:

I saw both those guys on the way in, they got to the area early to neck beers in a convenience store parking lot.

That fits

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


bessantj posted:

England have looked really disjointed for big parts of this match.

Yeah. It's entirely preventable handling errors.

tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


loving hell. Amazing by Watson, then appalling

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tarbrush
Feb 7, 2011

But Schefter said they Love Herbert?!


JJ!

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