Rugby World Cup: Scot Dixon '100% behind Georgia'

Rugby World Cup 2011

Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
Wednesday 14 September
0830 BST/ 1930 NZ
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Georgia coach Richie Dixon
Dixon says his Georgia players are "made for rugby"

Georgia coach Richie Dixon remains a patriotic Scot but is determined to beat his countrymen in Wednesday's Pool B match in Invercargill.

Dixon has named his XV for Georgia's opening fixture, with Irakli Abuseridze captaining the side.

"In today's professional world, you can't change your heart," said Dixon. "I'm a Scottish boy but, when I'm with the Georgian boys, I'm 100% with them.

"Genetically, they are made for rugby. They are warrior-type players."

The Scots struggled against Romania on Saturday but Dixon expects a strong showing from Andy Robinson's men.

"I believe Andy and his boys will take that as a wake-up call and they will target us as a team that they will want to put on a much stronger display against," said former Scotland coach Dixon.

"The people are fully behind this team. They realise that rugby has become a window to the world for Georgia."

Georgia: Revaz Gigauri; Irakli Machkhaneli, David Kacharava, Tedo Zibzibadze, Alexander Todua; Merab Kvirikashvili, Irakli Abuseridze (capt); Dimitri Basilaia, Mamuka Gorgodze, Shalva Sutiashvili; Vakhtang Maisuradze, Levan Datunashvili; David Zirakashvili, Jaba Bregvadze, David Khinchagishvili.

Replacements: Akvsenti Giorgadze, David Kubriashvili, Giorgi Chkhaidze, Viktor Kolelishvili, Bidzina Samkharadze, Lasha Khmaladze, Malkhaz Urjukashvili.

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