Georgia unchanged for Pumas

Date published: September 24 2015

Milton Haig has named an unchanged Georgian side for their second World Cup clash against Argentina at Kingsholm on Friday.

After their win over Tonga on Saturday, the Lelos could take a giant step towards the quarter-finals with a win in Gloucester.

Standing in their way, however, is a Pumas team that impressed against New Zealand before falling away in the final quarter.

Georgia will again look to captain Mamuka Gorgodze to lead the way, while the scrum battle should be intense. Up front Top 14 props Mikheil Nariashvili and Davit Zirakashvili will hope to exert scrum dominance, with Karlen Asieshvili and Levan Chilachava waiting on the bench.

Full-back Merab Kvirikashvili will continue after impressing both from the kicking tee and with ball in hand against Tonga, and teenage scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze starts once more.

Georgia: 15 Merab Kvirikashvili, 14 Tamaz Mchedlidze, 13 Davit Kacharava, 12 Merab Sharikadze, 11 Giorgi Aptsiauri, 10 Lasha Malaguradze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 8 Mamuka Gorgodze (c), 7 Viktor Kolelishvili, 6 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 5 Konstantin Mikautadze, 4 Giorgi Nemsadze, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Mikheil Nariashvili
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Levan Chilachava, 19 Levan Datunashvili, 20 Shalva Sutiashvili, 21 Giorgi Begadze, 22 Giorgi Pruidze, 23 Muraz Giorgadze

Date: Friday, September 25
Venue: Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Kick-off: 16:45 local 
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)