The new coach of the Italian national rugby side, Conor O’Shea, is of the opinion that Sergio Parisse led Italy can turn out to be a major force in the rugby circuit. The current crop of Italian players is well led by their captain Sergio Parisse and they are now considered to be the best side ever to represent Italy in rugby. They have had impressive tours of Canada and Argentina lately and playing more and more games will help the team to improve.
O’Shea took up the coaching of the Italian national team from Jacques Brunel after the RBS 6 Nations this year, has had decent success with the team. His team suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Argentina and then went on to beat Canada 20-18. O’Shea was happy with the kind of rugby that his boys exhibited during the mini-summer tours to Canada and Argentina and he felt that it was more than what he had expected. The players are in better shape and they do not seem to have the ill effects of losing all their games at the 2016 RBS 6 Nations. Continue reading
Steve Diamond, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Sale Sharks has announced the capture of talented Italian international prop forward Alberto de Marchi ahead of the new season of the Premiership.
The 28 year old, who grew up idolizing legendary Italian skipper Sergio Parisse and is considered as a future international skipper himself, was a part of the Italian squad that recently competed in the Six Nations Championship, staring each of their five games, has been brought in to replace the outgoing England international Henry Thomas who is set to join Sale’s Premiership rivals Bath Rugby in the new season.
Diamond has mentioned that the club had to fight off stiff competition from French heavyweights and the reigning European champions Toulon to complete his signing from Treviso, his Italian club.
The legendary boss stated that de Marchi has had a great time with the Italian team at the Six Nations Championship and that brought him to the attention of the major clubs from Europe. He is hopeful that the player will prove to a great asset for the club as it looks to achieve the unthinkable for a club like them and fight on all fronts next season.
He mentioned that Italian is a great scrummager and his mobility allows him to move all over the pitch during a game. Moreover, the fact that his defensive skills are beyond any question will make him a great asset for the club in the future.
Diamond finds his side at fifth in the Aviva Premiership table with just seven points separating them from a place in the playoff semifinals which will be a great achievement for the club considering it was fighting to save relegation from the top flight last season escaping by the skin of their teeth.
There has been a lot of talk regarding who is the best player in his position in Rugby Union in the world at the moment and several names have come up in those discussions regarding the best and according to many fans and critics, Italian international Sergio Parisse is arguably one of the best players, if not the very best of his generation.
According to journalist Mick Cleary, the Italian international is an absolute war horse with sublime vision and touch. He might have one of the most stunning models on his arm and might be voted as one of the most charming men in rugby, but first and foremost, it is what he does on the field and does with so much attitude and guile that makes him such a massive talking point.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Sergio Parisse is one of the best # 8s to have played international rugby and that statement in itself shows how good he actually is. The likes of Buck Shelford, Merve ‘The Swerve’ Davies or even Lou Dallaglio could disagree with the statement but it must be remembered that these players made a name for themselves in all conquering teams. Parisse, meanwhile, has had to do it with his team on the back foot.
He might be one of the flashiest players around but he has no show boating tendencies and he is also not afraid to get his hands dirty. And as the skipper of the Italian national team, Sergio Parisse has shown that he is capable of leading the team by example and although the Italian team is no pushover, just having Parisse around to lead from the front is something that has made them the force they are now. And at 26, Parisse will grow a lot more and more discussions will be held in his favor.
Sergio Parisse, the skipper of the Italian national rugby team is extremely pleased with the steady progress of the team and has admitted that this gradual progress of the team will see The Sky Blues making a serious challenge for the 2015 Rugby World Cup trophy when the tournament comes to England. The 2015 showpiece event of the world of international rugby will see the Italians pitted against Ireland and the French as three of the RBS Six Nations sides lock horns to see who progresses into the next round from Pool D of the event.
In the 2011 edition of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, the Italians finished third in their group, behind traditional powerhouses Australia and Ireland but will be hoping to making a top two finish in their pool that will see them progress to the next round of the competition when the event kicks off in about three years’ time. And despite the fact the he witnessed his side fall apart and finish fifth in the RBS Six Nations event last year and having the dreadful record of not progressing beyond the group stages in the history of the Rugby World Cup, Sergio Parisse is confident that his side is capable of making a huge impact in the 2015 tournament.
Parisse pointed to their narrow 22-21 victory over France in the March of 2011 as well as their extremely close three-point defeat at the hands of Australia in November, stating that these results show that the team is constantly improving and with three years still left for the flag ship event of international rugby, the team can really pull off miracles.
According to Sergio Parisse, the team is improving year by year, and mentioned that he is sure the team is getting closer to achieving something really big.