The Georgian Rugby Union are set to enter a side in the South African Currie Cup competition – reportedly from January 1st, 2020.

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The move comes following talks between the GRU and SARU in which the two unions thrashed out a partnership agreement.

According to the official Georgian Rugby website: “On December 18, 2019, Georgia and South Africa Rugby Unions signed an 11-year cooperation agreement.”

The agreement covers co-operation between all national representative sides, which will include joint training and warm-up matches.

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There will also be co-operation between both unions’ academies.

The agreement will also see an upskilling of coaches and general rugby personnel: “Capacity-building of Georgian coaches, referees, administrators and other rugby specialists with the assistance of South Africa Rugby Union.”

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The Agreement was signed by Mark Alexander, President of South Africa Rugby Union, and Gocha Svanidze, President of Georgia Rugby Union.

It’s a positive move for the Georgians, who after years of seeming progress won just one game the Rugby World Cup, having won two in 2015.

A win over Uruguay was all Georgia managed and they failed to worry any of the other sides in the Pool stages, dropping to 14th in the World Rugby Rankings.

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They did score nine tries at RWC 2019. Their previous best was five in a single campaign in 2007 and 2015.

Georgia are yet to beat a Tier 1 nation.

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