The International Defence Rugby Competition was officially opened in the city of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. The Rugby Team of the Armed Forces of Georgia attended the ceremony. Chief of the General Staff of GAF Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze left for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and attended the solemn reception together with the Georgian military rugby players.
The International Defence Rugby Competition opened
Friday, October 9
The International Defence Rugby Competition, General Lorimar, delivered a speech during the event. He welcomed all the participating teams and wished them success.
Later on, the Georgian rugby players held an ordinary training at the UK Royal Air Force Base, RAF Halton.
Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze took part in the training together with the soldiers and wished them a victorious return to Georgia.
The Georgian rugby players will compete against teams from the South African Republic, the UK and Tonga.
Within the frames of the visit, Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze met with the RAF Halton Station Commander, Captain Adrian Burns of the RAF. One of the main topics of the meeting was the championship. As Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze outlined, the RAF Halton Station Commander wished success to the Georgian rugby team players. “We talked about rugby. Captain Adrian Burns wished the Georgian soldiers every success at the competition. A very hard game waits to our military against the South African team. He underlined that the main point is not to gain the victory but participation in the championship and the feeling of being the member of a large rugby family,” said Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze.