Georgia prop Levan Chilachava has pulled off the first documented prank off the Rugby World Cup.
Chilachava shared his jump scare prank on teammate Vano Karkadze ahead of Georgia’s opening match of the Rugby World Cup against Wales.
Rugby has a rich history of dressing room pranks ranging from hilarious to totally cruel and thoroughly depraved. With 31 blokes together for at least four weeks a bit of mischief is expected.
Both of the frontrankers play their rugby in France. Karkadze at Brive and Chilachava at Montpellier.
Karkadze gets lured in by Chilachava’s accomplices opening a freezer where the prop is waiting to scare the life out of the hooker.
Watch Chilachava’s stone cold RWC prank
Ranked 12th in the world in the latest World Rugby Rankings, Wales aren’t likely to find their clash with Georgia amusing.
The Borjgalosnebi are renowned for being strong scrummagers and should test the Welsh pack, although the overall quality of Warren Gatland’s side should carry the Dragons through.
Georgia pose an entirely different challenge to the other sides in a Pool that includes Fiji and Australia.
Rugby World Cup 2019 is the Lelos fourth tournament. The team has made steady improvements since being recognized by World Rugby.
The team draws their nickname, the Lelos, from the traditonal Georgian sport of Lelo Burti, a game with similarities to rugby.
Wales vs Georgia preview and predictions
Georgia have never beaten a tier one Test rugby nation but have scored a win over Fiji. In their only previous meeting with Wales they held the Dragons to just 13 points.
The tough and physical Georgians will give Wales a game in the scrum and Warren Gatland’s men would do well not to underestimate their backline.
Georgia tested Scotland with their efficient forward powered game. The Lelos will want to keep the contest as tight as possible considering that in their past 30 games they have only won twice when the opposition has reached 20 points.
The team won two matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, there best performance to date and will hope to beat Uruguay and Fiji to emulate that performance at the very least. Against Wales and later Australia the pressure will be off the Georgians.