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Sergio Parisse drops retirement hint as he ranks his top five toughest opponents

Italy legend Sergio Parisse has hinted that next season will be his last after signing a one-year extension with Top 14 side Toulon.

The 37-year-old, who won a 142 caps for the Azzurri between 2002 and 2019,  is widely considered as one of the greatest number eights to play the game in the modern era.

In fact, only New Zealand’s Richie McCaw and Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones have won more Test caps than the bald-headed powerhouse.

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

A hell of a player, and an incomparable class. 

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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