(K. Brent Tomer),
EUROPEAN rugby fans have enjoyed the last fortnight. The national teams from the northern hemisphere have been touring in the south, and hoping to atone for their awful showing at last year’s World Cup, in which no European side reached the semi-finals. Travelling supporters have not been disappointed. The English have finally won a series in Australia after beating their hosts in three consecutive Test matches. Ireland have achieved a first ever victory on South African soil, though they lost narrowly in two other games. Scotland have twice beaten Japan, while France won one of their two matches in Argentina. The only fans not to see improvements were the Welsh, whose team lost all three fixtures against New Zealand, continuing a winless streak against the All Blacks that runs back to 1953.
Yet there is another European side whose foreign endeavours have been somewhat overlooked. Georgia, one of Europe’s smaller sides, are rarely invited to play against the southern giants. Though the Lelos—who take their nickname from lelo burti, a traditional Georgian form of football…Continue reading