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The one question everyone is asking as 'scared' Wales confirm schedule

By Josh Raisey
NICE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 16: Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland looks on during the pre match warm up ahead of the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Wales and Portugal at Stade de Nice on September 16, 2023 in Nice, France. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Wales’ Autumn Nations Series schedule announcement has been met with one response- where is Georgia?

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The fixtures for Wales’ November were revealed on Monday, with Warren Gatland’s side taking on Fiji, Australia and South Africa in consecutive weeks.

However, fans had been teased with the idea of a clash between the Guinness Six Nations Wooden Spoon recipients and the Rugby Europe Championship winners Georgia.

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This came after Georgia publicly called out Wales on social media in March, proposing a meeting between the two in Tbilisi. While this seemed like nothing more than a publicity stunt, Wales turned the dial up when they responded to the message on social media by saying they will be “in touch”.

Whether the two sides were in touch or not is not clear, but nothing has come from the episode in March, which has left fans online thoroughly disappointed.

After announcing their schedule online, the comments section was almost filled up entirely with fans questioning what happened to the match against Georgia that was dangled in front of them.

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“Gatland’s Dragons running from the Georgian Grind?” “Scared to play Georgia?” and “They ducked Georgia,” are just some of the comments which give a glimpse into how this schedule has been received.

Other fans are still holding out hope that the Georgia fixture will be announced at a later date. With the first match of the autumn coming against Fiji on November 10, there is the potential to face Georgia the weekend before and still remain within the Test window. However, that is just wishful thinking from fans as it stands.

While a potential match between Wales and Georgia would not have any bearing on the make-up of the Six Nations next year, Georgia described it as the match “rugby lovers everywhere want to see” as it would be a bellwether as to where the bottom team of the Six Nations stands compared to the rest of Europe.

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