Georgia host the Argentina XV in an interesting match-up on Sunday. It is a test team vs a next-of-XV; a non-capped fixture, but one with players fighting for spots on the roster for Rugby World Cup 2023. Indeed, the Argentina XV have sent a powerful team to Eastern Europe.
Georgia have named a powerful side; it is one that could play against Los Pumas in a Rugby World Cup match. The side is led by veteran center Merab Sharidkadze. He has 84 caps for Georgia. He is joined in the backs by the 64 time capped Vasil Lobzhanidze at scrum-half and the 91 time capped Alexander Todua on the wing. Replacement back Lasha Khmaladze has 97 caps.
The forwards also have plenty of experience. This includes the 87 time capped Shalva Mamukashvili and the 68 time capped Jaba Bregvadze in the front-row. Second-rower Konstantin Mikautadze has 72 caps while the back-row contains Beka Saghinadze, Beka Gorgadze, and Otar Giorgadze. The trio have a combined 83 caps; yet, they are aged between 23 and 26.
How to watch Gerogia vs Argentina XV FREE live stream
Date: Sunday, July 03
Kick-Off: 10am (Argentina)
Venue: AIA Arena, Kutaisi
Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
Assistant Referees: Sam Grove-White (UK); Luc Ramos (France)
TMO: Matteo Lipperini (Italy)
The great news for Gerogia vs Argentina XV Rugby fans in the UK is that this match is set to be shown absolutely FREE on Channel 4.
Coverage starts at 1.30pm ahead of the 2pm kick-off, and you can also watch online via Channel 4’s All4 streaming service.
If you are indeed watching online, you can do so on your laptop, or via apps for the likes of Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox, Roku, Amazon Fire.
Gerogia vs Argentina XV TEAMS
1 Guram Gogichashvili, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 3 Luka Japaridze, 4 Lasha Jaiani, 5 Konstantin Mikautadze, 6 Otar Giorgadze, 7 Beka Saghinadze, 8 Beka Gorgadze, 9 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 10 Tedo Abzhandadze, 11 Aleksandre Todua, 12 Merab Sharidkadze (capt.), 13 Giorgi Kveseladze, 14 Akaki Tabutsadze, 15 David Nimiashvili
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Nikoloz Khatiashvili, 18 Guram Papidze, 19 Nodar Cheishvili, 20 Luka Ivanishvili, 21 Mikheil Alania, 22 Lasha Khmaladze, 23 Demuri Tapladze
1 Facundo Gigena, 2 Santiago Socino, 3 Santiago Medrano, 4 Franco Molina, 5 Nahuel Milán, 6 Tomás Lezana, 7 Francisco Gorrissen (capt.), 8 Joaquín Oviedo, 9 Eliseo Morales, 10 Geronimo Prisciantelli, 11 Julián Domínguez, 12 Lucas Mensa, 13 Agustín Segura, 14 Sebastián Cancelliere, 15 Martín Bogado
Replacements: 16 Bautista Bernasconi, 17 Ignacio Calles, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Santiago Ruiz, 20 Andrea Panzarini, 21 Tomás Albornoz, 22 Mateo Carreras, 23 Facundo Cordero
Gerogia vs Argentina XV HISTORICAL RESULTS
June 18, 2014 – Georgia 16-26 Argentina (Tbilisi, GE)
June 15, 2011 – Argentina XV 13-14 Georgia (Bucharest, RO)
November 14, 2009 – Georgia 24-22 Argentina XV (Tbilisi, GE)