Sergio Parisse, an Italian rugby union player, currently plies his trade in the French rugby union club Stade Francais. The current captain of the Italy national rugby union team is the first Italian to be nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year.
Parisse, born in Argentina played for La Plata in his early career. Later he moved to Italy and signed for Treviso in 2002 where he played for four seasons. After that he decided to join the French giants Stade Francais in 2005 and has stayed there till date.
He being a number 8 has great handling ability with exceptional positional sense in the lineout and flair for getting across the gainline which made him a special player in an often struggling Italian team.
Sergio Parisse got his first International cap against New Zealand in a 64–10 defeat at Hamilton in June 2002. He scored his first try against Canada in the 2003 Rugby World Cup where he shined as an individual though his team performed poorly. Parisse was nominated for IRB International Player of the Year alongside Dan Carter, Ryan Jones, Shane Williams and Mike Blair in 2008.
Parisse was given the captain’s armband for Italy in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand and ended the tournament with a score of two tries. He has since then captained Italy in the 2012 Six Nations Championship and also in the 2013 Six Nations Championship.
Sergio Parisse got married to Miss Europe 2006 Alexandra Rossenfeld in early 2010 at Herault. He is also a keen skier but has hardly done it after Sylvain Marconnet broke his leg in 2007. His ability to pass accurately without looking is the most notable quality. He is also a powerful ball-carrier, good catcher of the high ball and has impressive footwork. Parisse is considered to be one of the greatest no.8 of modern rugby.