Georgia

Veteran Georgian back-rower Mamuka Gorgodze has come out of international retirement to represent his country at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The 35-year-old, who has ended a two-and-a-half year retirement, was a surprise inclusion in the 31-man squad named by coach Milton Haig.

Gorgodze shot to fame in the world game when he was named man-of-the-match in their World Cup defeat to New Zealand, despite losing 43-10.

Nicknamed “Gorgodzilla”, he’s joined in the 31 by the likes of Jaba Bregvadze, Levan Chilachava, Merab Sharikadze and Vasil Lobzhanidze.

Georgia are in the same pool as Australia, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay and kick off their campaign against the Welsh on Monday, September 23.

Georgia Squad for Rugby World Cup

Forwards: 

Mikheil Nariashvili, Guram Gogichashvili, Shalva Mamukashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, Vano Karkadze, Levan Chilachava, Giorgi Melikidze, Beka Gigashvili, Giorgi Nemsadze, Shalva Sutiashvili, Mamuka Gorgodze, Kote Mikautadze, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Lasha Lomidze, Otar Giorgadze, Beka Gorgadze, Beka Saghinadze

Backs: 

Sandro Todua, Soso Matiashvili, Mirian Modebadze, Zurab Dzneladze, Davit Katcharava, Merab Sharikadze (c), Tamaz Mtchedlidze, Giorgi Kveseladze, Lasha Malaghuradze, Lasha Khmaladze, Tedo Abzhandadze, Giorgi Begadze, Vasil Lobzhanidze, Gela Aprasidze