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Sergio Parisse

Indigenous Name: Sergio Matteo Parisse
Position: Number 8, Flanker
Nationality: Italy
Height: 196 cm (6' 5")
Weight: 104 kg (229lbs)
Date of Birth: 12 Sep 1983
Place of Birth: La Plata, Argentina
Main Team(s): Stade Francais, Italy
General Info Edit
Sergio Parisse is a very special player in what has historically been a second grade international team, although Italy are steadily losing that title and are edging toward level footing with the top tier teams.  He has all the qualities of a great player, with size, toughness, nous for the game and a striking ability for deft touches that set the game alight.

He is of Italian heritage, but was actually born in Argentina while his family lived there for work reasons.  His early years were in Argentina where he played his earliest rugby for La Plata, up to his mid teens, but he also kept in touch with Italy while on regular family holidays back in the homeland.

In 2001 Parisse moved to Italy to live and immediately started playing for Treviso, where he played for 4 years before moving to the French club team Stade Francais.

At the very tender age of 18 he was capped for Italy by then coach John Kirwin.  It was a tough introduction with a 64-10 trouncing at the hands of the All Blacks in Hamilton, NZ.  This obviously didn't dent his enthusiasm, rather he learned from the masters and at only 24 years of age earned his 50th cap for Italy, plus has been captain since 2008.

Along the way he has been nominated for IRB International Player of the Year in 2008 - a super achievement by someone not in one of the leading teams.

His performance in TESTRUGBY.com was outstanding in the 2012 6 Nations series, as he came in highest points earner by a country mile.  He earned 1,995 points where his nearest rival, Leigh Halfpenny, only earned 1,630 points.

His performance off the field is also something to be admired, after marrying Miss France 2006!


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Round Home - Away Jersey No. Score Try Assist Try Line Brk Go Fwd Turn Over Tackle Line -out Win Scrum Catch Kick Kick Pen Kick Con Kick DG Kick Miss Give Pen Lost Poss Game Points
Series: 2016 - 6 Nations
Team: Italy
Round 1 FRA - ITA 8 1 0 0 11 3 6 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 5
Round 2 ITA - ENG 8 0 0 0 10 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Round 3 ITA - SCO 8 0 0 2 10 0 4 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Round 4 IRE - ITA 8 0 0 0 4 1 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Round 5 WAL - ITA 8 0 0 0 2 2 7 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
SERIES TOTAL 1 0 2 37 6 30 13 0 7 0 0 0 1 3 4 5
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