Transfer News: Sergio Parisse leaves Stade Francais

Italian legend Sergio Parisse is set to leave Stade Francais after almost 15 years with the French club.

The 35-year-old, who has made 258 appearances for the Top 14 side, has been granted an early release from his contract after both parties came to a “mutual agreement.”

There are suggestions that he may retire after the Rugby World Cup, but Parisse has yet to make a statement on his future plans.

He has only played for two professional clubs throughout his career starting out in Italy with Benetton Rugby in 2003 and played 64 times for the Treviso team over two years.

He was the first Italian player to be nominated for the IRB’s International Player of the Year, with the first coming in 2007, followed by a second nod in 2013.

Parisse will lead Italy to the World Cup in Japan later this year — his fifth — and where Conor O’Shea’s side will face world champions New Zealand, South Africa, Namibia and Canada in Pool B.

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