2019 Rugby World Cup – Georgia vs Fiji Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Georgia vs Fiji taking place? Thursday 3rd October, 2019 – 06:15 (UK)

Where is Georgia vs Fiji taking place? Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Higashiosaka City

What is the expected weather for Georgia vs Fiji? 21c in sunny conditions

What television channel is Georgia vs Fiji on in the UK? This match will be televised live on ITV 4

Where can I stream Georgia vs Fiji? This match can be streamed via ITV Hub

Where can I get tickets for Georgia vs Fiji? https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Fiji 37-15 Georgia

THE TEAM NEWS

GEORGIA

  • Georgia earned a bonus-point victory with a powerful display over Uruguay and will now believe they can finish at least third in Pool D but this game is set to be vital in their quest to achieve that.
  • The Georgians rotated their side for the game with Uruguay but are expected to select their best team for this crucial contest with Fiji although what the make-up of that side is could be different to how it was perceived before the tournament.
  • Boasting a fearsome front-row, it has not been just the regular starters who have impressed at the RWC so far and several of those who came in against Uruguay could retain their place for this contest.

FIJI

  • Fiji's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages are all-but over after they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Uruguay with a win in this game the only hope they have of staying alive in the tournament.
  • Peceli Yato and Semi Kunatani will both return for Fiji after missing the Uruguay game through injury and they will be part of a new-look side that features 11 changes from the team that took to the field last time out.
  • The only players that are retained from that shock defeat are Semi Radradra, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu and Manasa Saulo as the Fijians revert to a similar side that faced Australia in their opening game.

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THE PREDICTION

Fiji have had a nightmare start to the RWC and will want to avoid a third consecutive defeat as they face Georgia. This game could end up determining which side finishes third in Pool D but both will be eager to throw the ball around and that could play into the hands of Fiji. They will look to give some of their big men out wide plenty of time on the ball and if they can achieve that, they should be able to earn their first win of the tournament.

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