BBC: Georgia v Scotland: What you need to know about the Georgians

The Georgian national rugby team will face off against Scotland at 8 p.m. at Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi tonight. Photo: BBC, Aug 31, 2019, Tbilisi, Georgia

BBC has published an article ahead of a game between the Georgian national rugby team and Scotland scheduled at 8 p.m. at Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi.

It said that today Scotland becomes “the first Tier One nation to play a Test match in Georgia, an emerging force in global rugby”.

The Georgians have a hefty and raucous following, a monstrous pack, buckets of titles in Europe's second-tier competition and the billions of a former prime minister behind them”, BBC reports.

It also says that In 16 years, they have played just seven internationals against top-tier opposition outside of Rugby World Cup pool matches, "so these back-to-back shots at Scotland are opportunities they lust after".

Georgia and Scotland "were drawn in the same pool at the World Rugby Under-20 Championships in June” and “both had heavy defeats against” New Zealand and South Africa, but the Georgians beat the Scots 17-12 to finish third in the group.

BBC also explains that the World Rugby rankings formula "is a vexing beast, but as a general guide to who is performing well, they are about the only objective measure available". 

Georgia have been relentlessly successful against their second-tier opposition and have beaten Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Canada and United States since the last World Cup", it says

That has kept them ranked 12th, above Italy, who have been relentlessly awful in the Six Nations, and only a little way behind Argentina, who have mustered only three Rugby Championship victories since 2015.

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