Sergio Parisse is a true veteran of the game. Playing at the highest level for 20+ years, he is without a shadow of a doubt the most decorated Italian rugby player of all time.
Making his international debut at the age of just 18 years old, Parisse helped embed his national side into the newly formed Six Nations Championship. Going on to win 142 caps, the former captain helped bring Italy into a genuine Tier 1 side.
Born in Argentina to Italian parents, Parisse moved to Italy to pursue a rugby career. His professional career started at Benetton Treviso in 2003 where he played his trade for 4 years, before spending his prime rugby playing time at Stade Francais. Scoring 238 points in his time with the French side, Parisse eventually moved on to Toulon in 2019 to find yet more silverware.
Well, despite his advancing age he is still proving to hold that bit of magic that made him such a legend of the game. Check out this bit of skill from the weekend:
God I will miss this level of shameless FIIDM when Sergio retires pic.twitter.com/YskVsyAqsX
— Josh Gardner (@joshgardner) April 30, 2023
A powerful number 8, Parisse has always had the skillset of a backline player. This alongside his mammoth size has allowed him to become one of the most dangerous players of all time.