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Rugby Union, no stranger to world politics, experienced another negative event when the Russian Rugby Union cancelled its Rugby World Cup warm up Test against Georgia on August 27th.

The match, which would have been in the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi, would have been the last game for these two fifteens before the RWC began on September 20.

The Russian RFU, pressured by the Putin-led government, perceived the anti-Russian June demonstrations as the reason for the cancellation. The crux was safety issues for Russian rugby fans entering a hostile environment.

The Georgia RFU seek a Test replacement, which it will find probably against another Six Nation European B sides that did not make the RWC tournament. This could be Germany, Romania, Spain, or Portugal.

Russia meet Scotland, Ireland, Japan, and Samoa in the easiest of the four RWC pools.

Georgia play Australia, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay.