Georgia training with England Rugby in UK (VIDEO)

A scrum session involving players from the two teams in Oxford. Photo: Georgian Rugby., 28 Feb 2019 - 16:09, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s national rugby team is in Oxford for training with England, in a rare opportunity for the Lelos to face top-tier opposition outside of international competitions.


In a repeat of last year’s joint sessions praised by coaches of the two teams, Milton Haig’s team travelled to the United Kingdom and were hosted by players coached by Eddie Jones on Wednesday and Thursday.


On the first day the teams split their forwards and backs, while full-team action took place in today’s session as children from the St Edward's School watched on.


See a brief video edit of Georgia and England training in Oxford:



The Lelos and their counterparts staged scrum training, as England are preparing for their Six Nations match against Italy and Georgia are relishing every opportunity to measure against the leading teams around the world in absence of regular top-tier fixtures in their calendar.


This is a big occasion for our guys. We are testing ourselves against some of the best players in the world.

It's a real good opportunity for us, we know what we can do in our scrum and our interest is more around how we can compete in our defence and attack through our backs and how we adjust to the speed of everything,” Haig told reporters.


The joint trainings have been noted by Jones and Haig as beneficial for their respective teams. Photo: Georgian Rugby.


The New Zealander head coach told the media in Oxford his team was looking to be involved in top-tier tournaments while Six Nations, the leading European competition, remained closed for newcomers.


Haig pointed out the Georgian Rugby were in talks to be admitted to some of the remaining high-level competitions like Guinness Pro 14 and the Currie Cup, in search for a “springboard” for success at international stage.


The Lelos will leave the UK on Friday to face Belgium in their next Rugby Europe match. Haig’s team are currently leading the 2019 tournament.