Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has delivered a personal message to the country's rugby team ahead of their Rugby World Cup campaign.
The Georgians are currently in France preparing for the autumn tournament in New Zealand, the country's third appearance at a Rugby World Cup.
And the President of Georgia gave his own message of support to the minnows as the countdown to their first Pool B match against Scotland in Invercargill on 14 September.
"Thank you for your strong positive attitude," Mr Saakashvili told the Georgian players. "We are all rooting for you and want to emulate you, myself included."
The Georgian team will be hoping for a repeat performance of their solitary World Cup win in 2007, when they defeated Namibia 30-0.
But, as Mr Saakashvili himself admitted, the odds are against the Georgian players, who along with Scotland must face England, Argentina and Romania in a difficult Pool B.
"For Georgians, team sports have always posed difficulties," he said. "In individual sports we are strong, but in teams, where it's necessary to act in harmony, we have had problems."
Georgia's 32-man training squad will remain in the French town of Mandelieu-la-Napoule for over a month, before departing to nearby Issoire for a warm-up tournament against Bourgoin, Clermont and Llanelli Scarlets.
They will then travel on to New Zealand on 4 September in time for the start of the Rugby World Cup.
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