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Georgia Captain Believes Ireland Still Amongst World's Best Teams

Georgia Captain Believes Ireland Still Amongst World's Best Teams
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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After a thoroughly disappointing performance at Twickenham last weekend, Ireland will be hoping to bounce back with a decent showing against Georgia tomorrow afternoon.

Andy Farrell's side will enter the game as heavy favourites, having never lost to the Georgians in their four previous meetings. In fact, their average winning margin in those matches has been over 41 points.

A number of fringe players will be given the opportunity to impress, with Stuart McCloskey set to make his first international appearance in two years. Couple that with Ireland's patchy recent form and Georgia may fancy their chances of providing a sterner test on this occasion.


However, their captain believes that Ireland are still amongst the best teams in world rugby.

Merab Sharikadze, who plays his club rugby in France, says that there is little to choose between the Irish and the other top tier rugby nations.

I would say that difference is very close.

If you take today's example, we've seen Argentina beat New Zealand two weeks ago and today (Saturday) they lost, so you can't really tell who is a better team. It's decided in the game day.

One day Ireland will win and the following week the opposition will win.

I would say Ireland is one of the top teams in the world, and you cannot really say if they are first or fifth. It depends on the game day.

Georgia will need to provide more threat in attack in comparison to previous meetings if they are to trouble Ireland. They have never scored more than 14 points in any of the teams' previous meetings.


Aurillac centre Sharikadze believes his side will need to be far more clinical in Dublin tomorrow to make a game of it.

We need to use our opportunities better. Every time we have an opportunity to score, we need to score.

At the moment we haven't been very careful with that, so we wasted quite big opportunities.

Hopefully for tomorrow's game we can be better than that.

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