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Wales vs Georgia: Rugby World Cup live scores, blog

23rd September, 2019
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Wales

43

Match Complete

Georgia

14

80
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23rd September, 2019
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Wales

43

Match Complete

Georgia

14

L. Halfpenny76
G. North75
69T. Abzhandadze
68L. Chilachava
D. Biggar65
T. Williams64
43T. Abzhandadze
42S. Mamukashvili
D. Biggar40
L. Williams39
D. Biggar19
J. Adams18
D. Biggar13
J. Tipuric12
D. Biggar6
J. Davies2

6
Tries
2
5
Conversions
2
1
Penalty Goals
0
0
Field Goals
0

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World Cup contenders Wales take on Georgia in their first match in Japan. Join The Roar from 8:15pm (AEST) for live scores and a live blog of this clash.

Wales will be heavy favourites against the side ranked 12th in the world.

The Welsh are coming off a fantastic 12 months where they took out the Six Nations and ended their drought against the Wallabies.

Their warm-up form for Japan wasn’t great, winning only one of four matches against England and Ireland, but this is the real thing. Play-time is over.

Of course, the preparation for the tournament took a big hit when assistant coach Rob Howley was sent home for an alleged breach of the betting rules. Talk about bad timing.

But these players will stay focused.

These two sides have met only once before, back in 2017, with Wales winning 13-6 in Cardiff with an experimental side.

For this game coach Warren Gatland has not rested any players and is wheeling out a full-strength outfit. Lock Alun Wyn Jones will skipper Wales, with Dan Bigger and Gareth Davies in the halves.

Liam Williams gets the nod at fullback, with experience in the form of George North on the wing, Jonathan Davies in the centres and Justin Tipuric at openside flanker.

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This is actually the most experienced XV Wales has ever fielded at a World Cup, with the average age of 28 years and 331 days.

The Welsh will be expecting a torrid time at the scrum, with the set-piece a noted strength of Georgia.

Rain is forecast, which could impact the expansive game Gatland’s men like to play.

Georgia boss Milton Haig has included six players that will be making their World Cup debuts in his squad. His key player is forward Mamuka Gorgodze, who will be featuring in his fourth World Cup.

Gorgodze famously won the man of the match award against New Zealand four years ago.

Prediction
Georgia are a big, strong team but will struggle to match the pace and flair of the Welsh.

Wales to win by 20 points.

Join The Roar from 8:15pm (AEST) for the play by play.

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When: 8:15pm (AEST)
Where: City of Toyota Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Wales $1.05, Draw $80, Georgia $50

Wales
15. Liam Williams, 14. George North, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Josh Adams, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Gareth Davies, 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Tomas Francis, 4. Jake Ball, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 6. Aaron Wainwright, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Josh Navidi

Replacements: 16. Elliot Dee, 17. Nicky Smith, 18. Dillon Lewis, 19. Aaron Shingler, 20. Ross Moriarty, 21. Tomos Williams, 22. Rhys Patchell, 23. Leigh Halfpenny

Georgia
15. Soso Matiashvili, 14. Miriani Modebadze, 13. David Kacharava, 12. Tamaz Mchedlidze, 11. Giorgi Kveseladze, 10. Tedo Abzhandadze, 9. Vasil Lobzhanidze, 1. Mikheil Nariashvili (captain), 2. Shalva Mamukashvili, 3. Beka Gigashvili, 4. Giorgi Nemsadze, 5. Konstantine Mikautadze, 6. Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 7. Mamuka Gorgodze, 8. Beka Gorgadze.

Replacements: 16. Jaba Bregvadze, 17. Guram Gogichashvili, 18. Levan Chilachava, 19. Shalva Sutiashvili, 20. Beka Saginadze, 21. Otari Giorgadze, 22. Gela Aprasidze, 23. Lasha Khmaladze

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