Georgia faces Uruguay in a Pool D match at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama Prefecture, Kumagaya City on September 29. Kickoff is at 14:15 local (1:15 ET). The match may be viewed in the U.S. on NBC Sports Gold on-demand as part of an RWC subscription package.
Georgia Head Coach Milton Haig has made 12 changes in the starting lineup with only lock Konstantine Mikautadze, flyhalf Tedo Abzhandadze, and Giorgi Kveseladze being retained from their loss. Kveseladze switches from wing to outside center.
Merab Sharikadze, who is the team’s regular captain, is a reserve as he returns from injury. Former captain Mamuka Gorgodze and No. 8 Beka Gorgadze will also contribute from the reserves as needed.
Uruguay Head Coach Estevan Meneses has made minimal changes to their starters with Juan Pedro Rombys at tighthead prop and Alejandro Nieto at No.8. The backs remain unchanged.
Diego Magno, Uruguay’s most capped player, will see his first RWC action in 2019 and is one of six forwards selected as reserves with the match expected to be a physical one.
Georgia: 1 Guram Gogichashvili 2 Jaba Bregvadze 3 Levan Chilachava 4 Lasha Lomidze 5 Konstantine Mikautadze 6 Shalva Sutiashvili 7 Beka Saginadze 8 Otari Giorgadze 9 Gela Aprasidze 10 Tedo Abzhandadze 11 Alexander Todua 12 Lasha Malguradze 13 Giorgi Kveseladze 14 Zura Dzneladze 15 Lasha Khmaladze 16 Vano Karkadze 17 Beka Gigashuili 18 Giorgi Melikidze 19 Mamuka Gorgodze 20 Beka Gorgadze 21 Vasil Lobzhanidze 22 Merab Sharikadze 23 Soso Matiashvili
Uruguay: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti 2 Germán Kessler 3 Juan Pedro Rombys 4 Ignacio Dotti 5 Manuel Leindekar 6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (capt.) 7 Santiago Civetta 8 Alejandro Nieto 9 Santiago Arata 10 Felipe Berchesi 11 Rodrigo Silva 12 Andrés Vilaseca 13 Juan Manuel Cat 14 Nicolás Freitas 15 Gastón Mieres 16 Facundo Gattas 17 Juan Echeverria 18 Diego Arbelo 19 Diego Magna 20 Juan Ormaechea 21 Manuel Ardao 22 Agustín Ormaechea 23 Leandro Leivas