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.
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.