GEORGIA IS looking to build on its performance at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
It comes as the Lelos announced their 30-man squad for rugby’s showpiece event.
Of the players picked, several ply their trade for French Top 14 sides such as Castres, Brive, Toulon, Montpellier and Clermont.
Two players from coach Richie Dixon's training squad - Giorgi Begadze (hand) and Zviad Maisuradze (knee) – were not considered for selection.
In France four years ago Georgia thrashed Namibia and came close to sensationally upsetting Ireland in pool play.
Forwards: Dimitri Basilaia, Givi Berishvili, Jaba Bregvadze, George Chkhaidze, Levan Datunashvili, Akvsenti Giorgadze, Mamuka Gorgodze, Vasil Kakovin, Davit Khinchagishvili, Viktor Kolelishvili, Davit Kubriashvili, Vakhtang Maisuradze, Giorgi Nemsadze, Goderdzi Shvelidze, Shalva Sutiashvili, Ilia Zedginidze, Davit Zirakashvili
Backs: Irakli Abuseridze (c), Irakli Chkhikvadze, Revaz Gigauri, Lekso Gugava, Davit Kacharava, Lasha Khmaladze, Merab Kvirikashvili, Irakli Machkhaneli, Lasha Malaguradze, Bidzina Samkharadze, Alexander Todua, Malkhaz Urjukashvili, Tedore Zibzibadze.
There are plenty of mouth-watering clashes on offer this weekend.
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