Favaro replaces Parisse as Italy captain for Tonga test

PADUA, Italy (AP) Flanker Simone Favaro will captain Italy against Tonga and Andries Van Schalkwyk will step in at No. 8 in their rugby test on Saturday in the absence of the suspended Sergio Parisse. Parisse was banned for three weeks by the French club leagues on Wednesday, for involuntarily hitting an opponent's face with his foot on Nov. 5 while playing for his Stade Francais...
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November 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Italy captain Parisse suspended, to miss Tonga test

ROME (AP) Italy captain Sergio Parisse will miss the home rugby test against Tonga on Saturday after being suspended for three weeks. Parisse was found guilty by the French club leagues of involuntarily hitting an opponent's face with his foot on Nov. 5 while playing for his Stade Francais club against Bordeaux. The Italian Rugby Federation says coach Conor O'Shea will announce...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Georgia, Romania push to end Six Nations status quo

Italy had just been handed another thrashing in the Six Nations when its captain was asked the question that always seems to crop up in the latter stages of the tournament. Does Italy still merit an automatic place at European rugby's top table? ''I still think we really deserve to play in this tournament,'' said Sergio Parisse, hurting after a grim 58-15 loss to Ireland in Dublin...
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March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Sergio Parisse a doubt for Rugby World Cup with bruised leg

ROME (AP) The Rugby World Cup status of Italy captain Sergio Parisse is uncertain after the No. 8 had fluid drained from his bruised left leg. The Italian Rugby Federation says Parisse underwent the surgery on Monday in Paris. Recovery details will be announced over the next few days. Parisse was injured in a 23-19 loss at Wales on Saturday in the Azzurri's final pre-tournament...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

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