7. Football fan
In football he supports Inter Milan in Serie A along with the Italian national team.
8. Unwanted record
H holds the record for most international defears with 106 losses. Martin Castrogiovanni is a long way behind in second on the list with 88 – and it is perhaps not surprising that Italians occupy 11 of the ‘top’ 12 places on the list given their exposure to regular top-tier opposition since they joined the Six Nations party in 2000.
9. He was always a BEAST
He shared a video of himself playing when he was a teenager – and it’s fair to say he was already wrecking havoc.
Parisse has been twice nominated for the prestigious World Rugby Player of the Year award, losing to Welsh speedster Shane Williams in 2008 and All Blacks icon Kieran Read in 2013. To date, he’s the only italian to be nominated.