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Dixon calls for Georgia improvement

Georgia coach Richie Dixon anticipates a war of attrition against England on Sunday - and he has reinforced his pack ready for a battle under the Otago Stadium roof.

Tighthead prop David Kubriashvili, who has been keeping Carl Hayman out of the Toulon team, comes into the starting line-up along with 64-cap lock Ilia Zedginidze.

Georgia failed to establish the scrum dominance everyone expected against Scotland on Wednesday night and eventually slipped to a 15-6 defeat. But Dixon has signalled his intent by reshuffling Georgia's bench to include five forwards as the Lelos seek to erase that disappointment.

"These guys are up for this game because they are so disappointed with themselves. I can tell you they are so disappointed with their display against Scotland," said Dixon.

"Our scrummaging was not as solid as it usually is and our lineout play was not as accurate as we normally expect, and we hardly ever got into any attacking phase at all.

"The one thing that was obviously to our credit was our defence, which was very, very good. It had to be.

"We have to start to believe that we can play the way we train. Against Scotland we did not play, in terms of our attacking abilities, in the way that we had been training.

"England will understand that they have to perform."

Georgia team: R Gigauri; I Machkhaneli, D Kacharava, T Zibzibadze, A Todua; M Kvirikashvili, I Abuseridze (capt); D Khinchagishvili, J Bregvadze, D Kubriashvili, I Zedginidze, V Maisuradze, S Sutiashvili, M Gorgodze, D Basilaia.

Replacements: A Giorgadze, D Zirakashvili, L Datunashvili, G Chkhaidze, B Samkharadze, G Berishvili, L Khmaladze.


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