Georgia - Argentina: 2015 Rugby World Cup match preview
Mamuka Gorgodze will again lead the Georgians on Friday evening at Kingsholm (image via: angers.maville)

Georgia and Argentina had differing outcomes in their opening Pool C matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with the South Americans needing a win to stay in touch with the pool leaders. 

Georgia beat Tonga 17-10 at Kingsholm last Saturday, and know a win against Argentina will set them up for a historical quarter-final spot. 

Their opponents on the other hand, lost their opening fixture against New Zealand at Wembley, and know the match at Kingsholm on Friday evening is a must-win to keep their tournament alive. 

Georgians keep faith after Tonga win

To some, Georgia's win over Tonga on the opening weekend of this World Cup was a shock result.

For those in the camp, that was not the case, and now they've got their sights set on a place in the knockout stages if they can beat Argentina on Friday.

Head coach Milton Haig has named an unchanged 23, keeping faith with the lineup who were oh so impressive in their opener against the Pacific Islanders.

Haig said of his selection, "We did think about changing some players, but when you win like that you want to give the players another chance to play well."

Titanic leader Mamuka Gorgodze again leads the side from eight, after he put in a mammoth performance in the opening win, scoring a try as well as recording 27 tackles. 

The youngest player in World Cup history, Vasil Lobzhanidze keeps his place at scrum-half, after looking as composed as a 50-cap veteran against the Tongans. 

In what looks set to be a forward orientated matchup, Haig admitted that he would probably have to make earlier substitutions due to fatigue as well as the fact his side played less than a week ago. 

Hourcade alters pack ahead of attritional battle

In a game with two humungous forward packs, Argentinian head coach Daniel Hourcade has made three changes to his front eight from the defeat against the All Blacks. 

In the second-row, Matias Alemanno comes into the starting XV in place of the injured Guido Petti, with fellow-lock Mariano Galarza missing the rest of the tournament through suspension. 

Back-rowers Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Facundo Isa also enter the fray, at the expense of Pablo Matera and Leonardo Senatore, with the former dropping to the bench. 

Leguizamon brings a wealth of experience which was possibly missing against New Zealand, which allowed their opponents back into the game.

Argentinians looking to recreate World Cup history

These two sides were drawn in the same Rugby World Cup pool four years ago, with the Pumas running out 25-7 winners in Palmerston North

The win included a try for Juan Imhoff, who again lines up on the South American's wing four years later, alongside fellow returnees Leguizamon, Marcos Ayerza and Marcelo Bosch

A defeat on Friday could be detrimental to the Argentinians, who would then be relying on other results to force their way through to the quarter-finals. 

How the sides line up

Georgia: 1. Mikheil Nariashvili, 2. Jaba Bregvadze, 3. Davit Zirakashvili

4. Giorgi Nemsadze, 5. Konstantine Mikautadze

6. Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, 7. Viktor Kolelishvili, 8. Mamuka Gorgodze 

9.  Vasil Lobzhanidze, 10. Lasha Malaguradze

11. Giorgi Aptsiauri, 12. Merab Sharikadze,
13. Davit Kacharava, 14. Tamaz Mchedlidze, 15. Merab Kvirikashvili

Replacements: 16. Shalva Mamukashvili 17. Karlen Asieshvili 18.Levan Chilachava, 19. Levan Datunashvili, 20. Shalva Sutiashvili, 21. Giorgi Begadze, 22. Giorgi Pruidze,                  23. Muraz Giorgadze

Argentina: 1. Marcos Ayerza, 2. Agustin Creevy, (captain)
3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro 

4. Matias Alemanno, 5. Tomas Lavanini

6. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 
8. Facundo Isa

9.  Tomas Cubelli, 10. Nicolas Sanchez

11. Juan Imhoff, 12. Juan Martin Hernandez, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 14. Santiago Cordero, 15. Joaquin Tuculet

Replacements: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Lucas Noguera, 18. Ramiro Herrera, 19. Javier Ortega Desio, 20. Pablo Matera, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Jeronimo De La Fuente, 23. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino

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