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Georgia has selected its starting lineup to face the USA Saturday at Infinity Park.
Only one forward remains from the starting pack that beat the USA 19-17 18 months ago in Tbilisi. Giorgi Chkhaidze was the openside flanker in that game, and now starts at No. 8.
almost the entire pack plays professionally at some level in France.
Captain Irakli Abuseridze returns as skipper and scrumhalf. Only Abbuserize and wing Irakli Machkhaneli also started in that game in 2010. Lasha Malaguradze started at flyhalf in 2010 and is on the bench, while his sub in the previous game, Merab Kvirikashvili, now starts at No. 10.
Prop Davit Zirakishvili and center Davit Kacharava were subs in that game.
Georgia is coming off a 33-3 thumping of Romania to win the European
Nations Trophy last week.
Georgia Roster to face USA
1 Mikheil Nariashvili, 2 Revaz Belkania, 3 Davit Zirakashvili, 4 Beka Bitsadze, 5 Vakhtang Maisuradze, 6 Gregori Labadze, 7 Givi Berishvili, 8 Giorgi Chkhaidze, 9 Irakli Abuseridze*, 10 Merab Kvirikashvili, 11 Alexander Todua, 12 Merab Sharikadze, 13 Davit Kacharava, 14 Irakli Machkhaneli, 15 Lasha Khmaladze, Reserves
Reserves 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Irakli Mirtskhulava, 18 Zviad Maisuradze, 19 Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 20 Giorgi Begadze, 21 Lasha Malaguradze, 22 Irakli Kiasashvili, * = Captain, ,