The Chicago Hounds signed Georgian international Zurabi Zhvania for the 2024 Major League Rugby season. The 32-year-old loosehead prop/hooker is 5’10” and 275 lbs.
Zurabi spent the previous two seasons with Grenoble in the Pro D2 league in France. The veteran made 24 appearances, including 13 starts, and scored three tries from 2021 through 2023.
Before playing with Grenoble, he played three seasons with the London Wasps in the English Premiership. He played 1,565 minutes in 35 appearances with the premiership side, starting 21 of those matches.
His professional career began in 2013 with Stade Francais, where he spent six seasons before moving on to the Wasps in 2018. He played 3,037 minutes, in 92 matches, starting 34, and scored 8 tries for the Top 14 club.
In his international career for Georgia, he earned 41 caps making his debut against Spain on 9 March 2013 in the European Nations Cup through his last test on 7 February 2021 against Russia. He scored 11 tries for the Georgians, with the team winning 31 test matches, good enough for a 78% career winning percentage at the test level.
Zurabi, who was born in Poti, Georgia, also played rugby or Poti, and Aia Kutaisi.