Stephen Shennan is rewarded for his fine finish late in the game in Cluj with a call-up from the bench. Spain have only made one change too, Jesús Moreno Rodríguez coming in at tight-head for the injured Jonathan Garcia.
In brief Rankings predictor Victory for Spain would lift them up one place to 18th while a winning Romania could close the gap on Italy, the side immediately above them in the rankings, to a fraction over a point if the margin is more than 15 points.
Blaine Scully has returned to his club Cardiff Blues and his place on the wing is taken by Josh Whippy with Nate Augspurger captaining the side at scrum-half.
Flanker Javier Richard leads out a Chile side searching for their first ARC win in two years.
In brief Rankings predictor Georgia cannot improve their rating or position in the rankings as they are expected to beat opponents that are nearly 17 points worse off than them before kick-off.
However, a shock result would result in some movement, the Lelos potentially falling two places to 14th in defeat with the gap between themselves and Romania reduced to mere fractions if the Oaks win this weekend.
Georgia also got off to a winning start on the opening weekend of the Rugby Europe Championship with a 47-0 win over Belgium.
The Lelos travel to Germany this weekend and anything other than a second bonus-point win would be a major surprise.
#REC2018: 24 hours to go and #Rugby Bears Coach Pervukhin and Captain @Iurii Kushnarev hit the pre-match presser with @Belgian Rugby counterparts #RUSv BEL pic.twitter.com/i Hh FPG220w — Rugby Union Russia (@russiarugby) February 16, 2018 Germany (27) v Georgia (12) Team news Pablo Lemoine has reacted to last week’s record 85-6 loss in his first match in charge of Germany by making wholesale changes to his starting XV.On the other hand, with games against the lower-ranked Germany and Belgium to come, a home win for Los Leones would put them in pole position to go straight through to Japan.Both sides got off to winning starts in round one with Romania brushing Germany aside 85-6 in Cluj, while Spain had to dig deep for a 20-13 victory over Russia in Krasnodar.Andrei Temnov moves from seven to six and Victor Gresev drops to the bench to accommodate the arrival of Tagir Gadzhiev at openside.In brief Rankings predictor While Russia don’t stand to receive any boost to their rating in victory, it is possible for Belgium to climb as many as six places to 22nd if they win by more than 15 points and other results go their way.
As Romania managed to pick up a try bonus point in victory and Spain did not, the Oaks’ lead in the RWC 2019 qualification table, factoring in results from 2017 too, has increased to three points.