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Georgia rugby boss jokes that they are world champions after they beat Italy and Wales beat South Africa

19 Jul 2022 2 minute read
Georgian Rugby President Soso Tkemaladze. Picture by Georgian Rugby

The boss of Georgian rugby has joked that they are now world champions after they beat Italy and Wales beat South Africa.

The Springboks won the 2019 Rugby World Cup. But earlier this month they were beaten at home by Wales, who were themselves beaten at home by Italy in the last game of the Six Nations.

Georgia then triumphed over Italy for the first time 28-19 in their second city Batumi on July 11. Their next big match will be against Wales in Cardiff this November.

‘Wales beat South Africa, Italy beat Wales, and Georgia beat Italy,” Georgian rugby President Soso Tkemaladze told the Daily Mail. “It means Georgia is world champion!”

He added that the next step was to explore whether a Georgian club side could join the United Rugby Championship alongside the current 16 teams from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy and South Africa.

“We are looking at this and we need an offer to see if we are ready to jump,’ he said. “We need something like the URC, a stronger competition.”

Currently, Georgia’s main team the Black Lion, which is based in Tbilisi, plays in the Rugby Europe Super Cup.


After that, Soso Tkemaladze wanted to see Georgia included in the Six Nations: “Of course, the Six Nations is our dream, but to get there we need to work.

“‘I think he will do our job (joining the Six Nations) in two to three years,” he said.

That was part of a long-term plan towards world domination, he added

“When I said to everybody about Georgia rugby’s ambitious plans, they were shocked.

“One day Georgia will become world champions, but to do that we need a strategy which we are working hard on now. After 10 or 15 years, I think big results are very doable.”

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Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 year ago

Never laugh at a Georgian, Stalin was one.
Boundless ambition? Tick!
Five year plan? Tick!
World domination? Tick!

1 year ago

The Six Nations needs an annual promotion and relegation playoff match to give other countries such as Georgia, Romania or others to opportunity to join. Rugby needs to stop being a closed shop

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob

The gulf between tier 1 and tier 2 is enormous and Georgia, in a more serious moment, said they don’t want and are nowhere near ready for 6N rugby.

1 year ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

That is true, but the only way that gulf is going to be bridged is for tier 1 & 2 to face each other more often. The only time this happens is in the group stages of the rugby world cup where we have one sided scores. In a tournament which determines the best team in the world and exposes the sport more so than any other this cannot be good.

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