#2. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
The Number 8 announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season back in September but is still holding out hope for one final swansong in the Azzurri jersey.
Parisse has a strong case to be considered Italy’s greatest rugby player of all time – having been a stalwart of the back row since making his international debut back in 2002.
His 142 Test caps trail only Wales’s Alun Wyn Jones and New Zealand’s Richie McCaw in the all-time list, while he also played 69 Guinness Six Nations matches between 2004 and 2019.