Since 2011 Georgia’s Kiwi coach, Milton Haig has moulded a squad that is now pushing for a place in the Six Nations. For such a small nation they pack a big punch, with a group of forwards who can more than mix it with the best.
This edition of the Rugby World Cup in Japan will mark Georgia’s fifth appearance in finals since their debut back in 2003. They will be hoping that a solid mix of youth and experience will propel them into the quarter-finals for the first time – but that will be a big ask.
They feature in Pool D, alongside Australia, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay which is probably the toughest in the tournament. Legendary back-row Mamuka Gorgodze comes back into the team after a two-year absence, adding try-scoring power and an additional 71 caps worth of experience.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Preview – Can Georgia prove they belong at the top?
Realistically, wins over Fiji and Uruguay will be a successful Rugby World Cup for Georgia. Low losing margins against Australia and Wales will also go some way to building their growing reputation.
The quarter-finals have eluded Georgia in all of their World Cup attempts so far, and it is difficult to see that changing in Japan. For all their destructive power up front, they lack real quality in terms of playmakers – and blooding a few of their promising U20 stars for future World Cups is essential to their growth.
With rugby quickly becoming one of the most popular sports within this former Soviet state, Georgia’s future looks bright – but there is still a lot of work to be done. In players such as centre Davit Katcharava they have real class when breaking the opposition’s line, but injuries will take their toll on a squad that lacks depth.
Review of Georgia’s Group Matches
Georgia vs Wales: A real testing opening game comes against Warren Gatland’s Wales, who are one of the favourites coming into the tournament. Georgia will be hoping Wales have an off day, otherwise you can only see one winner.
Georgia vs Uruguay: Georgia easily have enough to overcome Uruguay’s Los Teros, and this game should make sure Milton Haig’s men leave the World Cup with at least one win.
Georgia vs Fiji: This has all the makings of a classic encounter. Georgia’s the Lelos and Fiji’s Flying Fijians, two teams that should be given more opportunities to prove themselves on big stages will be hoping the bigwigs at World Rugby take note.
Georgia vs Australia: No World Cup is complete without testing yourself against the best. Georgia will face The Wallabies in their final Pool D fixture, and you can’t see anything other than a comfortable win for the Gold and Greens.
How to stream every Georgia game at The Rugby World Cup 2019™
Kayo Sports will have every match of The Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. You’ll also get access to a range of great features, including SplitView (which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices) as well as No Spoilers (hides the scores) and Key Moments (lets you jump to the most important moments of the match – available for selected sports and matches), all of which greatly enhance the viewing experience for those watching on-demand.
Take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out The Rugby World Cup 2019™ fixture list below. You can then start streaming team Georgia rugby live to a variety of eligible devices, also listed below.
Please note: Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Kayo service available in Australia only.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Yes||2017 and later models|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
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What time do Georgia Play? Live TV Fixtures
TV fixtures are shown as Sydney time, so you may need to adjust the hour depending on where you live. The Rugby World Cup 2019™ on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each game – so you will need to consult your Kayo TV Guide during the tournament for exact times.
Georgia Group Games Live TV (Sydney time)
|Mon 23 Sept||Georgia vs Wales||8:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 29 Sept||Georgia vs Uruguay||3:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Thu 3 Oct||Georgia vs Fiji||3:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 11 Oct||Georgia vs Australia||8:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 19 Oct||England v Australia||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sat 19 Oct||New Zealand v Ireland||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 20 Oct||France v Wales||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sun 20 Oct||Japan v South Africa||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 26 Oct||Semi Final 1||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 27 Oct||Semi Final 2||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 1 Nov||Bronze Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 2 Nov||Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|