The rugby legend in Italy, Sergio Parisse, confirmed that it is available for the Six Nations 2022 and he was eager to be able to wear the Azzurri shirt again.
With a total of 142 caps so far, they are only behind Alun Wyn Jones from Wales and Richie McCaw from New Zealand, while he also played 69 games in the Six Nations between 2004 and 2019.
Although he was scheduled to retire from international rugby after the 2019 World Cup, he changed his mind when Italy’s last group match against the All Blacks was canceled due to a typhoon in Japan. On the other hand, the coronavirus pandemic put an end to his apparent farewell match against England in the 2020 Six Nations and Parisse has since announced that he will withdraw from all forms of rugby at the end of the season.
But having recovered from a wrist fracture that ruled him out of the last international window, the third row returned to Toulon and now the 38-year-old explicitly stated his desire to be part of Azzurri coach Kieran Crowley’s plans for 2022. .
“My availability is total. I hope to play, if they summon me. My intention was to go back to Italy in 2021, but it was impossible due to things that are bigger than rugby. However, I have never hidden my desire to wear the Azzurri jersey again, as long as it is in the right condition. Have I talked to Crowley? Yes, but everything still needs to be decided in more detail “, expressed the former Italian captain in various interviews with Corriere dello Sport and La Gazzetta dello Sport.
In 2022, Italy will begin its path in the Six Nations against France on February 6 before receiving England in Rome next week. While Ireland in Dublin it will be their third round match before the matches with Scotland and Wales.