“It is thanks to French rugby that we are here”

Beka Gorgadze The perfect pubs on will say (laughs). On this subject, we were impressed by the respect of the Welsh supporters. In town, they recognized us very quickly. Personally, I had never seen that. This is the first time I felt so much consideration. Everyone congratulated us on our game. It was memorable.

After the success against Italy (28-19 last July), this victory also confirms that Georgia is no longer quite a second-class nation…

On a past a course. Before, our game was basically…

Beka Gorgadze The perfect pubs on will say (laughs). On this subject, we were impressed by the respect of the Welsh supporters. In town, they recognized us very quickly. Personally, I had never seen that. This is the first time I felt so much consideration. Everyone congratulated us on our game. It was memorable.

After the success against Italy (28-19 last July), this victory also confirms that Georgia is no longer quite a second-class nation…

On a past a course. Before, our game was essentially based on our package of forwards. From now on, we see that there is quality behind it too. We become a more and more complete team, and we become again what we were in melee. This balance is the basis of the two biggest successes in our history.

You therefore consider that Georgian rugby has just signed the two most memorable exploits in its history…

Absolutely. Before that, it was our two victories at the 2015 World Cup against Tonga and Namibia, but this is something else. We did it, twice, and quickly.

Should Georgia knock on the door of the VI-Nations?

You have to at least crack it open. Our victory in Cardiff must put the debate back on the table. Even if we know very well that it is a commercial tournament which will not open like that, all of a sudden. Afterwards, we never knew how to do what we did this year. And as we have done, we ask a question. Isn’t it time? What else should we do if it isn’t? At least a lot of people are talking about it even though we know it won’t happen tomorrow.

What was the maintenance of this victory in Georgia?

During our victory against Italy, we were able to experience the emotions live there. It was summer, in Batumi, there were lots of people, it was incredible… And it was the first time, so it’s still very precious. This time, it seems, it was crazy in Georgia, it was crazy, like a kind of second national holiday. Where we were, we also made sure that the party was memorable (laughs). They were two very different experiences.

“We have never had so many players playing in France as this season. Before, there were between 4 and 6, and it was essentially on the front line. Today, it is much more complete. »


Georgian joy in the dressing rooms of the Principality of Cardiff.

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Of the starting 15 in Cardiff, 11 players play in France… and two in Pau (Gorgadze and Papidze). What is the part of French rugby in the event of Georgian rugby?

It is thanks to French rugby that we are here today. It started in the 2000s. And it’s been going on for 20 years. That’s what keeps us going, that’s the truth. We have never had so many players playing in France as this season. Before, there were between 4 and 6, and it was essentially on the front line. Today, it is much more complete. I’m sure that’s what makes the difference. On the other hand, there is also the creation of the Blacks Lions (the Georgian Super Cup franchise, European rugby competition for emerging countries, editor’s note), which has brought together the best Georgians who do not play in France. And it also deserved to make us progress.

Who achieved the biggest feat: Portugal’s Vincent Pinto, who qualified for the World Cup or Georgia’s Guram Papidze and Beka Gorgadze, who just won in Cardiff?

I saw the Portuguese qualify. They have this sacred fire. With Georgia, we always have trouble playing them.

Don’t miss out on the Portuguese, who you will find in the group stage with Wales, Australia and Fiji…

It’s clear.

In view of your recent results, does a qualification for the quarters seem possible to you?

Our goal is first to win two games (which ensures direct qualification for the next World Cup, editor’s note). It’s the minimum. After that, it’s still Australia, Fiji and Wales. So you have to stay humble. It can pass, but first, on a small mission to accomplish. It consists in winning these two matches.

Georgia won 12-13 at Wales, courtesy of a 78th-minute entry.


Georgia won 12-13 at Wales, courtesy of a 78th-minute entry.

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“It causes a physical and moral “boost” that one can hardly imagine. Despite this sequence, I still want to go, whereas last year, it was very hard to switch. »

This Saturday against Brive, you will find Lobzhanidze, your scrum half in selection. Before reminiscing on beautiful memories, you will have to think about beating it…

We are very close, from the same generation. We have come a long way together, since we were 14 years old. It’s always nice this kind of moments, even if on the ground, we both know that we have to win the matches.

Between the victory at La Rochelle (21-38, September 29), the improved success against Bordeaux (33-7, November 6) and therefore the one in Cardiff, you are living a crazy month…

This causes a physical and moral “boost” that one can hardly imagine. Despite this sequence, I still want to go, whereas last year, it was very hard to switch.

Going from the lights of the Millennium Stadium to a bottom-of-the-table Top 14 match, Saturday (3 p.m.) against Brive au Hameau, should not be so easy…

It’s back to reality. We know what is happening this Saturday. It will be no less difficult than against Wales.

Doesn’t tell us that the Section has as much chance of winning against Brive as Georgia in Cardiff?

No, I’m not going to tell you (laughs).

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