Jul 17

Frederic Michalak

Frederic Michalak is a French rugby player who was born in 1982 and hails from Toulouse. He is currently an international player who plays in Top 14 as part of Lyon OU.

Early part of his career was spent in playing for Toulouse, a team he was part of when they played for tournaments like Heineken Cup and Top 14.

His debut for the Toulouse rugby team began in the year 1998. He was part of the French national team when they won the Heineken Cup in years 2003 and 2005. He made his appearance in France when they played for South Africa in the year 2001. He was also selected to be a member of the squad that went to play for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia as well as the 2007 tournament that was held in France. He was part of Six Nations French Grand Slam when they won in the years 2004 and 2006.   Continue reading →

May 17

Sergio Available For Rugby Teams

One of the unique aspects of rugby is the constant news of transfers and likely rumors that arise between the different teams.

There is a latest rumor doing the rounds as to Sergio Parisse considering a transfer to Gloucester. The renowned Italy star player, considered to be one of the best number eight players in world rugby, might be on the radar of Gloucester as he faces an uncertain future with the French club Stade Francais where he currently is a member.

Even though he is thirty three years of age, there is much going for him and his talent is eyed by different teams. There was a merger, being proposed between Racing 92 and Stade Francais but it fell through. Hence, many of the members of the 2015 champions’ club might be forced to move out. As a result, some of the star players might become available for being picked up by other teams. The Rugby Paper stated that Sergio Parisse might be considered by Gloucester. Many feel that Gloucester will certainly strengthen their position if they are able to add Parisse to their team. Continue reading →

Feb 17


With Wales in final preparations against their trip to Italy to feature in their clash with Italy, they will be looking to ensure that all players are in top-notch fitness levels ahead of the game.

Taulup Faletau, Wales’s inspirational number eight, is being given enough time to prove his fitness levels before they make the trip for the Six Nations match coming up this weekend.

During the November internationals the Bath player was in superb form. However since their defeat in late December to the Wasps, he has been unable to feature for Bath ever since then.

According to Coach Shaun Edwards, Faletau will be assessed once again by Wednesday. This done, a decision will then be taken on whether he would be in the game or not.

He has seen a lot of progress in recent times but at the moment, he remains a big doubt for the clash holding in Rome. Rob Howley, the stand-in boss will hope to start the competition with a winning in the absence of Warren Gatland.

Edwards, who spoke on the case of the player, hopes Faletau would be fit in time for the game. He didn’t however rule out the possibility of getting a replacement for him if it doesn’t go as hoped. Continue reading →

Dec 16


Captain of the Italian Rugby team, Sergio Parisse was recently given a three week ban and will miss Saturday’s Test against Tonga.

In their 20-18 win over South Africa last weekend in Florence, Parisse had earned an Italian record 121st cap. He however, got sanctioned in an incident in his club side game for French Top 14 club, StadeFrancais, on November 5 against Bordeaux.

The French club of leagues had found him guilty of involuntarily hitting the face of an opponent with his foot in the game.

A short statement signed by the Italian rugby federation (FIR) had said,

“Parissehas been suspended for three weeks by Top 14 disciplinary officials. The Italy captain will miss Saturday’s Test against Tonga.”

Conor O’Shea, Italy’s coach had announced his lineup for Tuesday’s Tonga Test with Parisse included, while only one change was made to the squad that stunned their South African counterparts.

However, announcing a revised squad for the Test on Thursday, O’Shea named flanker, Simone Favaro as the captain for the game, while to replace Parisse, was Andries Van Schalkwyk who steps in at No. 8 Continue reading →

Jul 16

Mallinder Rues Fitness

Jim Mallinder is all set to make late calls on his side’s injury victims ahead of Saturday’s battle with Saracens. Last Sunday, Luther Burrell and Dylan Hartley missed loss at the Wasps with head injuries, while Kieran Brookes and Lee Dickson picked up knocks during the tough fight.

All four players carry on to go through the accidental injury protocols before Champions Cup quarter-finals this weekend. And Mallinder would not rule any of them in or out while talking to the media on Wednesday. Continue reading →

May 16

Sergio Parisse – Gladiator 2016

Apr 16

Contribution Of Sergio Parisse For Stade Francais

Sergio Parisse is a renowned rugby player who has already shown his captaincy skills for French team that was named as Stade Francais.

He is currently the existing captain of the national rugby team of Italy. There are many good players in the rugby team across the world and Sergio Parisse is one amongst them as he plays exceptionally well and stands up for his team. Nick Mallett chose to bring Sergio Parisse as a replacement for Marco Bortolami so as to bring a new chapter in the Italian rugby history as the player has been of the best performer in the campaign that was held last year.

The rugby player, who is currently 32, has still managed to remain as a strong player in the Italian rugby team. It is not clear on how long he would continue to play and it will certainly not be easy for Italians to cope with his news of retirement.

Stade Francais performance in this season has just been fair. Gonzala Quesada, the former Argentina player and coach explained the reason behind his success during the beginning of this season of rugby. The player had set a framework that helped him to train and work when he made his arrival at Stade. Some of the things he focused on included respecting squad and his playing philosophy. He has also created the space for his players within the framework so that they feel responsible for the destinies that they create for themselves. Continue reading →

May 15

Sergio Parisse blasts FIR boss for lack of respect

There is a big problem in the corridors of power in Italian rugby – the playing staff is not entirely happy with decision makers in the federation while the suits are not happy with the way the team has performed in recent events – leading to almost an all out war between the two in the last couple of weeks.

And Italian skipper Sergio Parisse has come out publicly in order to throw some sense into the matter. The extraordinary events were rolled into motion first when the president of the Italian Rugby Federation or the FIR, Alfredo Gavazzi labelled the players in the team as pensioners for the performance they had put in recent tournaments they had taken part in.

The team had slumped to their worst position in the official world rankings after their dismal display in the Six Nations Championships, dropping down to 15th. This means that they are no longer seen as a part of the elite six of European Rugby after Georgia surpassed them to take over in 14th place.

Italy, led by their charismatic skipper Sergio Parisse, did finish in 5th place in the tournament after a miraculous victory against Scotland but previous defeats by huge margins including 23, 30, 29 and 41 points in their four other games as well as winning only four games in their last 23 matches points to a very sorry state of affairs for the team. Continue reading →