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Dixon: I have Georgia on my mind

Georgia head coach Richie Dixon places no additional significance on Wednesday's World Cup Pool B clash with his homeland Scotland.

Former international Dixon coached Scotland from 1995 until 1998, having previously assisted Jim Telfer during the World Cup in South Africa. More than 13 years on, Scotland and Georgia meet at Invercargill's Rugby Park Stadium on Wednesday, with Andy Robinson's men set for another testing tussle following Saturday's 34-24 win over Romania.

Dixon said: "You can't change your heart, but when I'm here with the Georgian boys, I'm 100% here with the Georgian boys."

He added: "It's just another international match for Georgia to play. We've been together for a very short time - we've been together for about four months hands on, but we've played eight matches and won eight matches. It's another international match, we appreciate it's a step up, but we're aware of that."

Former Glasgow coach Dixon was impressed by Romania's efforts, particularly their forward pack which troubled Scotland throughout the match. But Dixon is wary of a Scotland backlash from their stuttering start against his Georgia side.

The 64-year-old added: "They (Romania) played some smart tactics and kept the game in the areas where they felt they could play well. Scotland to a certain extent for a long period struggled with that.

"I'm very conscious it's our first game and Scotland's second. They will have been in the fire, so to speak, and our guys will be coming in cold - so that's a bit of a concern."

Nevertheless, Dixon is optimistic his forwards are capable of disrupting Scotland at the scrum, while Montpellier number eight Mamuka Gorgodze is the team talisman and a possible match-winner.

"We are confident in our ability to scrummage," Dixon added.

"Georgia has built a reputation on the fact their forwards are very good at scrummaging. Our aim is to maintain that. It's psychologically a very important part of the game."

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