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Vasil Lobzhanidze of Georgia (C) in action

GLOUCESTER: Georgia’s teenaged scrumhalf Vasil Lobzhanidze will become the Rugby World Cup’s youngest competitor when he played at scrumhalf against Tonga in Gloucester on Saturday.

He was 18 years and 340 days, breaking by 33 days the previous record set by American Thretton Palamo at the World Cup eight years ago.

Georgia made two changes from their last warm-up game — a 13-10 defeat by Japan in Gloucester at the start of the month — with Giorgi Tkhilaishvili replacing Shalva Sutiashvili at blindside flanker and right wing Tamaz Mchedlidze coming in for Muraz Giorgodze.

Fullback Merab Kvirikashvili became the first Georgian to play at four World Cups and set a new caps records for the country, making his 86th appearance. -[Agencies]