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#41 ChrisGS

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:05 PM

 I'd agree. The other code has perhaps, with the exception of Romania, neglected that part of the world unless RL has started first if I'm not mistaken?

 

Seems so, but on the flipside there has been a notable influx of Georgians playing professional rugby in France, and it's been a massive boost to Georgia as a national team (look at their performances in the last World Cup)

 

If I ran a rugby league club I'd certainly be looking over to Georgia. While the sport might not have the grass roots presence it does in the likes of Serbia, you'd fancy the standards of rugby union, and the country's history with "Lelo Burti", would breed some athletes with potential. 

 

Interestingly, some of the better Georgians - and I guess it would be true for many other lower tier European rugby nations players - are basketball converts, ie. Mamuka Gorgodze.

 

It would be nice if there were some sort of incentive for pro teams to bring on players from developing European nations, it would certainly help the sport as a whole, but legal and financial issues probably get in the way.



#42 EdinburghExile

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:27 PM

Seems so, but on the flipside there has been a notable influx of Georgians playing professional rugby in France, and it's been a massive boost to Georgia as a national team (look at their performances in the last World Cup)

 

If I ran a rugby league club I'd certainly be looking over to Georgia. While the sport might not have the grass roots presence it does in the likes of Serbia, you'd fancy the standards of rugby union, and the country's history with "Lelo Burti", would breed some athletes with potential. 

 

Interestingly, some of the better Georgians - and I guess it would be true for many other lower tier European rugby nations players - are basketball converts, ie. Mamuka Gorgodze.

 

It would be nice if there were some sort of incentive for pro teams to bring on players from developing European nations, it would certainly help the sport as a whole, but legal and financial issues probably get in the way.

Bridges would require rebuilt before we got Georgia playing league again I suspect - they were thrown out of qualifying for the 2000(?) WC when most of the squad elected to play a RU match instead of the scheduled RL international, and I'm not aware of anything happening since.






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