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September 30, 2022

Rugby: Georgia defeats Romania in Tbilisi

After its promising victory at home against Russia, the Romanian national rugby team lost its away game against Georgia on Saturday in the fourth leg of the European Nations Cup, score 11-18, (6-15). Romania missed no less than four penalties. With this result Georgia won the ‘Antim Ivireanul’ Cup, a trophy that is traditionally given to the winner of games between the two teams.

Georgia had a forceful start, taking a 15-0 lead fifteen minutes into the game. Kvirikashvili converted a penalty, while Zirakashvili and Khamashuridz scored two tries. Vlaicu missed a penalty in the 16th minute, however 8 minutes later Romania scored its first points. Vlaicu converted a new penalty in extra time and Georgia went in at half time with a 9-point lead, score 15-6.

At the start of the second half Vlaicu missed another penalty, this time from 50 meters. Vlaicu missed again in the 58th minute and Kvirikashvili hiked Georgia’s lead to 18-6. Romania scored a try in the 71st minute but Calafeteanu missed the conversion and Romania lost the game, score 11-18. Romania will next play against Spain in the last legs of the European Nations Cup (March 19) and against Ukraine.


Italy secured their biggest ever win as they came from behind to beat France 22-21 for the first time in the Six Nations, according to BBC Sports.

Former England and Lions legend Jeremy Guscott said the Azzurri were well worth their historic win after near misses against Ireland and Wales in Rome earlier in the tournament.

“I thought it was going to be the same result when Bergamasco missed those two kicks in the second half, but Italy dug deep and deserved their victory. It was absolutely fantastic,” said the BBC pundit.
Wales prop Craig Mitchell will miss the final Six Nations match of the season after suffering a suspect dislocated shoulder in the 19-13 win over Ireland.

Mitchell left the field in obvious pain after 11 minutes, and was replaced at the Millennium Stadium by John Yapp.

Fit-again Adam Jones is poised to return to the squad for the trip to face France next Saturday.

“Hopefully Adam has been training and his weight is OK and we’ll be able to keep him in the squad,” said Gatland.

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