VASIL LOBZANIDZE

NZ Rugby World Tournament Guide - - POOL C -

Last year, Vasil Lobzanidze was the reg­u­lar half­back of the Un­der 20 team. And he was a cou­ple of years ahead of the reg­u­lar sched­ule. He could be, in the game against Tonga, at 18 years and 340 days old, the youngest player to ever par­tic­i­pate at a World Cup. His me­te­oric rise com­pelled Milton Haig to ap­point him as first choice scrum-half. “He came through quicker than we thought he might. He can kick on both feet. He is a su­per­star in the mak­ing.” So much so that next sea­son he will be Aaron Smith’s un­der­study with the High­landers.

A GOOD TOUR­NA­MENT FOR THEM?

Now rank­ing 14th, Ge­or­gia are look­ing to con­firm their in­cred­i­ble rise to the top, just ahead of Italy. They want to go even higher. The World Cup will be a big test for their am­bi­tions. Their main ob­jec­tive is to win two games in or­der to ob­tain their di­rect qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the next World Cup in Ja­pan.

NZRW PRE­DIC­TION

THIRD. The Le­los came close to spring­ing a sur­prise back in 2007 against Italy (14-10) and in 2011 against Scot­land (15-6). They have what it takes to cre­ate an up­set in Pool C.

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