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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Georgia

All time
# cult hero
‘My first contract was for £32,000 – I’d have made more in McDonald’s’
Becoming a professional rugby player was meant to be David Corkery’s dream job. Instead it left his body ‘a car crash’ at 27.
# Audition Time
Ireland beware? No, only shock involving Georgia was when Biden beat Trump
Ireland are light years ahead of Georgia but today’s game gives an opportunity for the support-cast to stake a claim for permanent inclusion in Andy Farrell’s side.
# The Lelos
Ireland still among the world’s best, says Georgia captain Merab Sharikadze
Andy Farrell’s side aren’t far off the top level, according to the visitors.
# Georgia on his bind
‘We’re expecting a battle up front and are prepared for one’
Georgia may be ranked 12th in the world but their front row is top class, says Ireland scrum coach, John Fogarty.
# experience
'International rugby can’t wait for you. It makes you start fast'
Keith Earls feels Ireland need to find more composure with their attack.
# Connections
Georgia's out-half for tomorrow is a former Terenure College RFC man
21-year-old Tedo Abzhandadze had a spell with the Dublin club in the 2017/18 season.
# The Lelos
Georgia make six changes for Ireland clash
Ireland’s opponents on Sunday have lost their opening two Nations Cup matches to England and Wales.
# Senior PLayer
Henderson gets first Ireland start since February as he resumes lineout calling
The 28-year-old has had a frustrating time with injury, suspension, and a medical issue.
# Depth
'We're glad to grow the playing pool' - Farrell asks for a calmer Ireland
The head coach is excited about the nine changes he has made for Georgia.
# Team news
Burns makes first start at 10 with Daly set for Ireland debut off bench
Andy Farrell has made nine changes to his team for the clash with Georgia.
# In The Mix
Munster's Beirne out to give Ireland boss Farrell a selection headache
The Kildare man hasn’t started over the last two weekends of the Autumn Nations Cup.
# Midfield
McCloskey impatient to get Ireland career going again with cap number four
The Ulster centre hasn’t played Test rugby since November 2018.
# Skipper
'It's something I've enjoyed, but Johnny is team captain' - James Ryan
The 24-year-old will captain Ireland again this weekend versus Georgia.
# uncapped
Ulster prop O'Sullivan called up to Ireland squad ahead of Georgia clash
The 24-year-old loosehead has been in strong form for the northern province.
# Autumn Nations Cup
Stockdale hoping for return to Ireland XV after first replacement outing
The 24-year-old scored off the bench against England last weekend.
# winning ways
Wales end losing streak with unimpressive win over Georgia
An 18-0 victory has eased some of the pressure on Wayne Pivac.
Voices
Opinion: Why Biden’s presidency will be defined by the Georgia vote in January
Rory McNab says Georgia is key to setting the tone of Biden’s administration but he will be up against the might of McConnell.
# Dominant
England warm-up for visit of Farrell's Ireland with six-try win over Georgia
Eddie Jones’ men were dominant on a very wet afternoon at Twickenham
# election 2020
Joe Biden: 'The numbers tell us a clear and convincing story'
The candidate said he is going to win the 2020 US presidential election.
# razor thin
The state of Georgia will carry out a recount due to 'razor thin' margins
Georgia’s Secretary of State said the race remains “too close to call”.
# biden v trump
When can we expect to get results in remaining states?
The end is in sight, but could still take days.
# Georgia on their mind
David Humphreys and Neil Doak join Georgia's coaching staff
The former Ulster duo are on board ahead of the Nations Cup campaign next month.
# New Look
Exciting autumn for Farrell's Ireland as Fiji and Georgia get a welcome invitation
Fixtures against Italy and Georgia look like chances to test the depth
# CONFIRMED
Ireland to face Wales, England, and Georgia in new Autumn Nations Cup
Fiji join Scotland, France and Italy in the other group.
# Georgia
Ahmaud Arbery: grand jury indicts three men in murder case of unarmed black jogger
The 25-year-old was shot dead on 23 February while running in a residential area of Brunswick, Georgia.
# Protests
Atlanta police officer sacked after fatal shooting of black man
Rayshard Brooks was running away when he was shot by a police officer.
# problems
Georgian tennis star charged with assaulting ex-wife
Nikoloz Basilashvili, ranked 27th in the world, faces up to three years behind bars if found guilty.
# Georgia
Federal prosecutors to consider hate crime charges in shooting of Ahmaud Arbery
Georgia has no hate crime law allowing charges at the state level.
# Ahmaud Arbery
US police charge father and son over fatal shooting of unarmed black jogger
The two men were charged with murder and aggravated assault after a video of the February incident went viral.
# Georgia
Joe Biden calls for inquiry into death of jogger who was shot as alleged footage emerges on social media
Alleged footage of the incident, taken from within another vehicle, has emerged across social media.
# grow the game
Joe Schmidt to work with Spain team for a day ahead of big Georgia clash
The former Ireland boss is also set to coach the Classic All Blacks in May.
# Irish Abroad
'If you look at the Irish market, there's only five jobs if you include the national team'
Michael Bradley is in his third season as head coach of Italian club Zebre.
# Georgia
Runner who slapped female reporter's bottom on live TV arrested
Alex Bozarjian told police the man had slapped and then grabbed her buttocks.
# Deported
More than 20 Albanian and Georgian nationals deported from Ireland
Some 19 males and 4 females boarded a flight at Dublin Airport this morning.
# Election Candidates
'What're you gonna do?' Democrats united on Trump, but divided by race, healthcare and drugs
The 10 Democratic candidates debated each other as impeachment hearings into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine rumbled on.
# voluntary defence
Scotland to get first crack at newly crowned world champions South Africa
Georgia will also face South Africa for only the second time following two Springboks Tests against the Scots.
# time to cut the mustard
'I do think we’re capable of a big result' - Coleman confident as Euros campaign hits critical stage
The Irish captain believes his side can pull off the famous win needed to get to Euro 2020.
# Reaction
McCarthy: Notion Ireland are much better than Georgia and should be disappointed with draw is 'ridiculous'
The Irish boss also said he has no regrets over the timing of Aaron Connolly’s substitution.
# chance missed
Ireland let huge opportunity slip in dire draw with Georgia
Aaron Connolly’s debut showed promise, but there was little else for Ireland to shout about in Tbilisi.
AS IT HAPPENED
Georgia v Ireland, Euro 2020 qualifiers
Ireland were held to a dismal 0-0 draw by Georgia in Tbilisi. Catch up on what little action there was in our minute-by-minute report.