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13th Nov 2014

‘The Georgians have been scrummaging since they were two-years old’

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek reckons his lads are in for a tough time of it at the Aviva Stadium

Patrick McCarry

A journalist foolishly asked Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek if Georgia’s backline is a genuine threat and was swiftly met with a response about forwards ‘standing their ground’.

The Kiwi clearly has the Georgian pack on his mind. In his Carton House press briefing this week, he remarked, ‘There’s no better test than against the Georgians, who seem to have been scrummaging since they were two-years-old. They love it and they are good at it.’

Feek’s comments planted an image of a young Mamuka Gorgodze learning his trade in the dark arts that we could not shake…

Georgia Rugby Baby

Feek was quick to point out that most of the pack Georgia will select for Sunday’s match ply their trade in France. ‘When you play in the Top 14 week-in, week-out you certainly don’t want to do what doesn’t work.’

‘They have certainly sorted that out. They have a good profile. They scrummage low and they can deal with different methods of people disrupting scrums. They’re wise campaigners. They’ve got a good culture around it and a number of guys who can step into the front-row and who can do the job for them.

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