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The story behind the Georgian vine

The story behind the Georgian vine

The story behind the Georgian vine

As Georgia kicked off their Autumn Nations Cup campaign against England at Twickenham on Saturday, eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed a vine symbol on the back of their jerseys.

But what does it symbolise? Well, the vine represents an ancient Georgian tradition, whereby soldiers would carry a grapevine on their backs as they headed into an unequal battle.

The warriors would then know that if they fell unburied in conflict, their bodies would reintegrate with the motherland – the home of grapes and wine – with themselves fertilising the soil and helping to produce a vineyard.

While the enemy would never know that his adversary left a beautiful vineyard behind with his life, in three years the flourishing plantation would provide widows and orphans with a symbol of their loved ones, ultimately showcasing the unbreakable soul and the spirituality of Georgian culture.

After valiantly going down 40-0 at Twickenham in their opening Group A clash, Levan Maisashvili’s side will once again proudly wear the vine on their shirts against Wales in Round 2.


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