Jul 18

Sergio Parisse Has A Challenging Test Match Coming Up On March 17th

Sergio Parisse is close to reaching the 100 number in Test match losses. Italy captain has a burden on his shoulder as the team has an upcoming match against Scotland this Saturday, 17th March. Being 34 years of age, being captain of a team means you bear the burden of losses as much as you get the accolades for the wins. His losses in Test matches are three times more to the 33 wins that he has to his name. The matches have been many that he played for the Azzurri. Hence, his losses are 99 in number while his wins are 33.

However, what is certain that Italy will win the Wooden Spoon as the Six Nations accolade this year, no matter what the result is of the upcoming match this weekend. The team would surely work towards a win as that would be the only way they can prevent a whitewash in the tournament. Parisse is considered one of the all great No 8 players of all time. However, he has had a lot of obstacles to face as well. The volume of matches he has played at the international level have been huge for which his record has suffered. He has a total of 133 games till date to his list of matches played. He is also fifth on the ranks of most capped players.
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Sep 17

Sergio Parisse Not Joining Summer Tour

This summer Sergio Parisse will not play opposite to Fiji, Australia and Scotland.

Along with Parisse, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini and Simone Favaro can also be given the rest

The motive behind this is, Conor O’Shea wants to give some rests with these veteran players

In his squad, O’Shea named four uncapped players. He announced that he is leaving Captain Sergio Parisse out from the squad of 31-man for this summer tour of the year against Fiji, Scotland and Australia.

The coach said, “I wanted to give time to Parisse and three top players of the team the hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini, prop Lorenzo Cittadini and flanker Simone Favaro. During this time, they will recover from the season of 2016-17 and prepare themselves for internationals, which are going to take place in the November.”

Winger Leonardo Sarto and Prop Simone Ferrari return to the team after the injuries which restricted them to play this year in the Six Nations. And in the absence of these players, Italy finished at the bottom of the table.” Continue reading →

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 →

Aug 16

Wilson backs Scarlets-bound Patchell

Danny Wilson, the Cardiff Blues chief, believes that Scarlets-bound Rhys Patchell will be totally focused on his present employers when the 2 regions meet in Llanelli later on Saturday afternoon. Whilst his transfer is due to go ahead in September, ahead of the new season, for now Patchell is a Scarlets player – Wilson anticipates that there would not be any split up loyalty from Patchell.

Patchell is shifting from his home area to the Scarlets in the coming season after revealing his wish to play regular rugby at outside-half, with the Blues telling him to that he’d have to play at full-back as they attempt to conciliate for Gareth Anscombe. 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 →