Dixon urges Georgia to attack England
Georgia have made two changes for their Rugby World Cup clash with England at Otago Stadium on Sunday.
David Kubriashvili moves from the bench to tighthead prop and Ilia Zedginidze comes into the starting lineup at lock.
Georgia began their campaign with a 15-6 loss to Scotland in Invercargill on Wednesday, and if history is anything to go by, their fortunes will not improve second-up.
Their only previous game against England was at the 2003 World Cup in Australia, when they were roundly thrashed 84-6.
Coach Richie Dixon said he was disappointed the players did not perform to their potential against Scotland.
"The guys were disappointed they did not control their nerves and play as well as they wanted to," he said. "I think we were affected by the first-match syndrome."
"We had a long waiting period and watched everyone else play and it seemed to get to our players."
"The scrum was not as solid as it usually is and the lineout was not as accurate. And we hardly got into any attacking phases at all. We have to move forward and believe that we can play the way that we train."
Georgia signalled their intentions to take on the English in a forward battle, by naming a bench with five forwards and two backs.
"We know the strength of the England pack and we expect England to be every bit as strong up front as it usually is," he said.
"We have to front up even more effectively on defence than we did against Scotland and we have to be more constructive on attack."
Dixon acknowledged the four-day turnaround between games was not ideal - an issue he will take up with Cup hierarchy.
"We don't have quite the same experience in the squad that the big countries carry and the attrition rate will affect us later in the tournament," he said.
"It's something we will talk to the World Cup organisers about but we expect to give a much better account of ourselves than we we last played England in 2003."
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