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RWC 2019: The Brains Behind Georgia

Getting a bonus point win over the Georgians is easier said than done. The Georgian forwards were able to hold Wales and even managed to score a try from the rolling maul while the other came from a pick-and-drive movement.
29 Sep 2019 13:54
RWC 2019: The Brains Behind Georgia
Georgia is coached by New Zealander Milton Haig (left), Graham Rowntree is forwards coach while Joe Worsley is breakdown and defence specialist.

Georgia will be no pushover and the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians must come prepared on Thursday, if they are to restore lost glory at the Rugby World Cup.

Getting a bonus point win over the Georgians is easier said than done.

The Georgian forwards were able to hold Wales and even managed to score a try from the rolling maul while the other came from a pick-and-drive movement.

Coached by New Zealander Milton Haig , the Georgians have two more renowned coaches working tirelessly with him to make things happen.
They are former England forwards coach and prop Graham Rowntree , and England backrow and 2003 RWC winner Joe Worsley . Worsley is Georgia’s breakdown and defence specialist.

For Rowntree and Worsley, at last they have been at a World Cup where they are the hunters, not the hunted.
The two Englishmen go into a pool stage match at the tournament with a team unfancied against a higher power, but with hope of a shock result.

They have – between them – been at every World Cup since 1991; but this time it is different.

“We did all we can against Wales,” Rowntree said.

“We’ve seen it in previous World Cups – the pressure on. I’ve been in that camp as a coach Tier 1 v Tier 2. I remember the opening night in 2015 coaching England playing Fiji at home – you’re biting your nails, on the edge of your seat, playing a rampant Fiji team with nothing to lose. I was not looking forward to coaching against an underdog team.

“There was unprecedented pressure at that World Cup – but as long as you learn from adversity, you keep going forward.”
Worsley joined Gerogia’s camp in June.

“I’m really excited,” he told Daily Mail.

“Each World Cup is a watershed moment for the game, where things kick on. If you’re involved it’s awesome. As a coach you always want more time, but it’ll be great to kick this thing off.”

Now Rowntree, the scrum coach, has props coming out of his rather impressive ears. He is rather excited to see his Georgians unleash hell at the World Cup.

“Watch out for the blokes with beards!” the former England and Lions man smiles.
Worsley adds: “The Georgians have a strong identity – because historically they’ve had to fight everyone off! They have no fear about physicality, and tackling technique is not something you have to spend too much time thinking about.

“My job is organisation and trying to get them where they can maintain levels for 80 minutes, to ingrain fundamentals that won’t go away when they’re knackered.”

 

TEST RECORD VS FLYING FIJIANS

  • November 24, 2014 in Tblisi

-Georgia 19-24 Flying Fijians (LOST)

  • June 24, 2016 in Suva

– Georgia 14-3 Flying Fijians (WON)

  • June 16, 2018 in Suva

– Georgia 15-37 Flying Fijians (LOST)

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