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Sharikadze: Georgia feel responsibility to perform

Sharikadze: Georgia feel responsibility to perform

Sharikadze: Georgia feel responsibility to perform

Georgia skipper Merab Sharikadze claims his team feel a responsibility to show what they’re about in the upcoming Autumn Nations Cup.

Speaking on the first episode of ‘8 Nations’ on Georgian Rugby TV, which is documenting the Lelos’ build-up to the autumn series, captain Sharikadze discusses the mood in camp ahead of their opener against England next Saturday.

The 27-year-old centre made his international debut back in 2012 and has since won 67 caps for his country, making him one of the more experienced heads in the Georgia squad along with the likes of hooker Shalva Mamukashvili, fly-half Lasha Khmaladze and winger Sandro Todua.

But he also believes the young guns in the group can shine on the platform afforded to them by regular fixtures about the tier one nations.

“They are great boys. I want to underline the new, young boys are very talented and have big potential,” said Sharikadze.

“They now need more experience – they, and we all as a group, need more games against such big teams. I am sure a bright future full of victories awaits us.

“One always thinks about the next games and not five or six games ahead. We are motivated to have the best game we’ve ever played against England now.

“As I’ve said before, responsibility is the biggest feeling we have right now. Even bigger than excitement.

“We have an eye on reality. We know how strong our opponents are and acknowledge the big challenge we are about to face.”

Georgia were brought down to earth with a bump as they lost 48-7 to Scotland last month in a warm-up game, although this was their first fixture since lockdown.

Sharikadze says the Lelos have been training hard to rectify the mistakes made in that game ever since, with the intensity reaching fever pitch.

“I’ll be honest, we nearly killed each other during this training week,” laughed the captain. “We had some serious sessions on the pitch and at the gym.

“We had contact sessions and we don’t spare each other, purely because this will massively help us during the games.

“We try to have contact sessions quite often to reduce the impact of a lack of game practice as much as possible. The lack of contact and game time was reflected in our game against Scotland.”

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