Georgia’s Six Nations door still closed for Maisashvilis despite Italy win

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Batumi, Georgia, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – July 11, 2022): Georgia head coach Levan Maisashvili says Sunday’s 28-19 win over Italy in Batumi is unlikely to help his team to participate in the Six Nations Championship.

Fly-half Tedo Abzhandadze, 22, scored 20 points as Lelos beat a country in rugby’s traditional Tier 1 for the first time.

Georgia are ranked 13th in the world with the Azzurri, who were invited to the annual competition alongside England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 2000, are 12th.

Their claims for a place at the international top came as they have won the second-tier European Rugby Championship, which offers no promotion to the Six Nations, 11 of the last 12 times.

“I don’t think today’s result will change much on whether Georgia should maybe join the Six Nations,” Maisashvili told reporters.

“I absolutely don’t think they’re going to open the door on the back of just one result,” he added.

In this year’s Six Nations, Italy beat Wales for their first victory in the tournament since 2015.

“Georgia were really physical, they put a lot of air pressure on us, they really deserved the win,” Azzurri captain Michele Lamaro told RugbyTV Georgia.

“On our side, we could have done a lot more,” added the flanker.

Next week, Georgia host Portugal in their end-of-season test while Italy play Samoa in November.

At the 2023 Rugby World Cup, Georgia will face two-time champions Australia and Wales in Pool C, while Italy will face teams such as hosts France and New Zealand, triple winner, in pool A.

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