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Lelos: Game On

Georgia national rugby coach Milton Haig says that they will treat their Test against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians in the Pacific Nations Cup as a dress rehearsal as they
03 Jun 2018 11:00
Lelos: Game On
Members of the Georgian Lelos rugby team arriving at Nadi International Airport for the Pacific Nations Cup on 2nd June 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

Georgia national rugby coach Milton Haig says that they will treat their Test against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians in the Pacific Nations Cup as a dress rehearsal as they prepare for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

He made the comment after the Lelos ar­rived at the Nadi International Airport last night in preparation for the Test against the Akapusi Qera –captained team

Georgia are in Pool D at the RWC with Fiji, Australia, Wales and Uruguay. They play the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians on October 3 at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.

“It’s been a long halfway across the world and it took us 37 hours to be here on the other side of the world,”Haig said.

“We have prepared reasonably well and we had a warm-up match against the French Barbarians and we are happy with our pro­gress.

He said that it would be difficult for them to face Fiji on their home ground but they are ready to face the challenge.

“We came down here two years ago and we’ve had made good result winning 14-3. We are back with happy memories of being here and we will make sure to replicate that this time again,” Milton said.

He said that the squad consisted of half of those players that defeated Fiji in 2016 dur­ing their Test match in Suva.

“Obviously that is important that we bring them back because they have really good memories here and they have enjoyed their time here in the Pacific. We are hoping they will share their experience with some of the new boys that will be their first time down here too,” Milton said.

It is the first time they have been included in the PNC, he added it was critical for them because they are in the same pool as Fiji in next year’s RWC.

“This is sort of like a little dress rehearsal and we are looking at it like that. We know John McKee will also be looking at it as a dress rehearsal as we are and so as the play­ers. To get better at the game it is good to play the islands in their home ground.

“It’s the first time we have been included in the PNC. We all know Fiji will be the tough­est team because they have very strong squad and you shouldn’t be Albert Einstein to figure that out because they are indeed the toughest,” Haig said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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