Italy legend Sergio Parisse ranks his five toughest opponents

In a matchday programme from 2018, Italy and Toulon Number 8 Sergio Parisse ranked his five toughest opponents.

Parisse made his international debut in a 64-10 defeat by the All Blacks as an 18-year-old in June 2002, and has since accumulated 142 caps.

In fact, only New Zealand’s Richie McCaw and Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones have won more Test caps.

His club career included a 14-year stint with Stade Francais before he moved to current side Toulon.

DID YOU KNOW? Sergio Parisse was born in La Plata, capital of Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Italian parents. 

SERGIO PARISSE: Toughest Opponents

#5. David Pocock (Australia)

The flanker, who was capped 83 times over an 11-year Wallabies career, opted against returning to his Japanese Top League club, the Panasonic Wild Knights, for another season in 2020. Already well-known for his activism on social justice and environmental issues, the 32-year-old will now dedicate his time to conservation.

DID YOU KNOW? Born in Zimbabwe, Pocock moved to Australia as a teenager and played for the Australia national rugby team

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