Giorgi Tsutskiridze quitte le Stade français après six saisons

Par Francisco Isaac
LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE - 27 SEPTEMBRE : Giorgi Tsutskiridze (Géorgie) lors d'une séance d'entraînement à l'Apivia Parc le 27 septembre 2023 à La Rochelle, France. (Photo par Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images)

L’international géorgien Giorgi Tsutskiridze rejoindra le Black Lion pour les deux prochaines saisons, après avoir passé six ans en France avec le Stade Français.

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Il a rejoint sa première équipe en France, le Stade Aurillacois, en 2018, où il a rapidement eu un impact significatif, jouant un rôle clé pour le club de Pro D2 pendant quatre saisons, avant de déménager à Paris à l’été 2022.

À 27 ans, le joueur a eu peu de temps de jeu avec l’équipe parisienne. La décision de rentrer en Géorgie s’est donc avérée judicieuse, lui permettant de se battre pour une place de titulaire dans l’équipe dirigée par Richard Cockerill.

Avec 36 sélections et six essais, Tsutskiridze a fait ses débuts en Coupe du Monde de Rugby en 2023 et a contribué à la victoire des Lelos dans le Rugby Europe Championship à sept reprises.

À quelques mois du début de la saison de la Super Cup de Rugby Europe, la franchise géorgienne Black Lion annoncera dans les prochains jours trois autres recrutements, trois autres transfuges depuis la France : Vladimer Chachanidze (US Nevers – Pro D2), Guga Ghaniashvili (FC Grenoble – Pro D2), et Vasil Kakovin (Stade Français – Top14).

Le pilier gauche Vasil Kakovin, qui a joué pour le Stade toulousain, le CA Brive, le Racing 92 et le Stade français, a disputé son dernier match avec la Géorgie en 2016 et peut être de nouveau sélectionnable pour la tournée d’été des Lelos.

Le deuxième-ligne Lado Chachanidze, 24 ans, met fin à son aventure en France, son contrat n’ayant pas été prolongé par l’Union Sportive Olympique Nivernaise, repartant dans son pays d’origine.

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Enfin, Guga Ghaniashvili est l’un des plus talentueux espoirs de la première ligne géorgienne, mais il quitte Grenoble sans avoir pu faire ses débuts dans l’équipe senior.

Les triples vainqueurs de la Rugby Europe Super Cup visent une quatrième campagne et espèrent ajouter quelques victoires majeures en Challenge Cup, après avoir battu les Scarlets en décembre 2023.

Cet article publié à l’origine en anglais sur RugbyPass.com a été adapté par Willy Billiard.

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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Very good article, Nic, and I find agreement with what you write virtually 100%. I think this two mach series has increasingly become one which will be very difficult for Ireland to win. After the first game of the last 6N, I would have been very full of confidence taking on the Boks in SA. France beaten by a big margin in France, it looked as if Ireland had emerged in fine form from the World Cup, despite the very narrow loss to the AB’s. But after that game, a slide began, ending with the defeat to England. Ireland were very fortunate to win this years 6N ! And as you so fully expose, this has not been a good season for Leinster, or indeed, in my view, for any Irish province. The Leinster loos to the Bulls, and then Munster letting a glorious chance slip to the Glasgow Warriors down at Thomond. Man, that one will really hurt. And both Connacht and Ulster have at times looked very poor this seaso, bith heavily beaten on occassion. The loss of both Gibson Park and Keenan are huge blows, especially Gibson Park. And there is really only one clear class 10 in the touring party, Jack Crowley, and he is still a very young player learning his trade. If he goes down, heaven help Ireland. And in my view, Ireland do not have a good scrummaging front row, SA do, and in great depth too. But despite all this doom and gloom, I always believe my team can win. Not that they will win, just can ! Ireland will still field what is the best and most talented team overall that I have seen in my lifetime. But the coaching group will really have to step up, no awful decisions like the one made against the AB’s in the QF….keeping the totally spent and poorly performing(on the day) Sexton on for the full 80mins, leaving Crowley on the sidelines. Ireland should never have lost that game !

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Shaylen 4 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Ireland have all the tools required to hurt SA. They develop quick ball, hold onto the ball for long periods, stretch the game when its on, have powerful mobile forwards, a good kicking game and they can hold their own in the scrum. They also can force turnovers regularly and in general do well at the breakdown. When Munster, the Ospreys and Glasgow all won games in SA this year against the Bulls and Stormers they did just that and won. It is also the reason why Ireland won the game at the world cup last year. The problem for Ireland is that SA have all the tools required to hurt them as well and hurt them a great deal more than England did in the Six Nations. They are physical and powerful at the set piece, they rush up and counter the Irish attacking system and they can really attack the breakdown and slow your ball down. Their counterattacking threat is also a big weapon and they score many tries from turnover turning defence into offence in a second. Toulouse and the Bulls nailed Leinster in this way and Glasgow did the same thing to Munster. So the series will be really interesting because both sides are so good at countering each other. Interested to see what kind of surprises Tony Brown springs and how the SA game develops. Feel like SA have more potential to surprise Ireland but then a new coaching set up as well as the fact that Japanese and foreign based players tend to take about 5 to 6 weeks to get up to speed might work in Irelands favour. SA have shipped at least one game in 4 of the last 5 June/July test windows going back to 2018 for this exact reason.

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Flankly 6 hours ago
'Let them keep talking' - Mike Catt claps back over Bok remarks

The comments were reported weirdly. De Allende did say it would be war, but he said it amidst comments like “Ireland play such good footy”, and “they are so good at the breakdown”. He said that the Boks lost heavily to Ireland a few years back and that they felt the Irish press was dismissive of the Boks. I don’t recall that, but I suppose it is true, and that SA players would want to turn around that sentiment. The RWC loss to Ireland would naturally pour fuel on the fire. In short, it is a natural thing for passionate players like him to feel very strongly about the goal of registering a convincing series win against Ireland. There is really nothing to see here. As an aside, the SA team shouldn’t be too self-righteous about this kind of a situation. Recall that in 2004, after SA won the Ireland series in SA, Jake White noted that no more than two Irish players were good enough for selection in his Bok side. "Considering the facts, I think only two of their players would be included in the Bok team - O'Driscoll (centre) and maybe one of the locks. How could we have lost against the Irish?" O’Driscoll disagreed and said that it was close, and Ireland were just tired. My Irish friends were pretty incensed by the comments, quite rightly. And I am sure it was part of the energy that drove them to some famous wins against the Boks. The Etzebeth thing was a little different. I think he was just not hearing what was being said. It is not that unusual for someone to say “We will see you in the final”. Of course it is a statement of confidence, which every team should have, but it is also a compliment. I think there was a cultural fly-by, in which a “see you soon” comment was taken to mean “we will beat you again”. But it was a good story, and a convenient clickbaity headline. I don’t think anyone is intentionally trying to rile up anything. But if you interview a Bok player and prod them about their passion wrt the Ireland tour, you are likely to hear some pretty heartfelt words. And so you should.

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