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

For the very first time, Favaro, who plays for club side, Glasgow Warriors and has 32 caps, will assume captaincy of the Italian squad.

Talking about Favaro on Thursday, O’Shea had said,

“If there is one player who represents the spirit of this national team, it is without a doubt Simone Favaro, and I know that all of his teammates will support him 100 per cent on the field Saturday,”

In 2013, Parisse made history as he became the first Italian to be nominated for the World Player of the Year Award.

He also featured in Italy’s first ever win over Springboks last weekend, where he played the entire length of the game.

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