Rugby World Cup: Nagoya mayor "can't help falling in love with Georgia" in song ahead of tournament kick-off [VIDEO]

Nagoya mayor Takashi Kawamura wears a Georgian national hat while receiving a symbolic present from team centre Merab Sharikadze at the welcoming ceremony for the Georgian team. Photo: Georgian Rugby., 19 Sep 2019 - 17:40, Tbilisi,Georgia

The mayor of the city of Nagoya declared his love for the Georgian national team at an official Rugby World Cup welcoming event, as the Lelos step up their preparations for the competition set to kick off on Friday.

Takashi Kawamura, the city's principal official, was speaking at the formal ceremony when he admitted to being enamoured with head coach Milton Haig's squad that had arrived in his city for the tournament.

In a demonstration of his affection the mayor borrowed the line "Wise men say only fools rush in / But I can't help falling in love with you" from a popular song by Elvis Presley, substituting the last word for "the team of Georgia".