Georgia ran out comfortable winners in this weekend’s big European Nations Cup clash to top the table at the mid-way point.
If you’re Georgia, a poor post-Soviet state with an old-fashioned and inefficient farming industry, what do you do to perk things up a little bit? Why, you invite a bunch of South African farmers to move north and set up shop in the Caucasus.
We preview the 2010 Rugby European Nations Cup season. Both Russia and Georgia have a great chance of winning the title, and qualifying for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
A little bit of history was made last weekend, when Russian champions VVA Podmoskovie became the first Russian Rugby Union team to play against a top flight English club.
Note: This post was updated on 6 April 2009 to make clear that the European Nations Cup is a two year tournament, and that neither Russia nor Georgia have yet qualified for the 2011...
Disappointment for Russia, as a young, experimental team loses all three matches in the IRB Rugby Nations Cup.
A fired up Russian Rugby 7s team draws with England, but suffers mixed fortunes in the rest of the Edinburgh and London tournaments.
On a snow covered Krasnoyarsk pitch, Georgia ground out an 18-12 victory over Russia to secure the European Nations Cup title.
A hard fought 12-8 win over Romania propels Russia to the top of the European Nations Cup table, setting up a winner takes all title clash with old rivals Georgia.