Italy’s most capped player, Sergio Parisse will miss the first two matches of the Six Nations this year for a wrist Problem, said the coach of the selected, kieran crowley.
The Italian boss gave the list list of summoned players which will be presented on Sunday, January 23 for face the first two matches of the 2022 Six Nations against France and England. Among all the names surprised the absence of Sergio Parisse.
In December, former captain Parisse, 38, said he was ready to return to play for the Azzurra after last playing for his country at the 2019 World Cup, when their ‘farewell’ match against New Zealand .
The eighth from Toulon last played for his club in early December due to injury and three matches were postponed due to COVID-19 cases. The Italians begin their participation in the Six Nations in France on February 6 and host England the following weekend. They travel to Ireland on February 27 and will be local against Scotland, to end the European tour in Wales.
“He has not played in the last three or four weeks due to the COVID-19 situation, Crowley said to journalists. We discussed and agreed that the plan would be for him to play with his club, They have four games in the next few weeks.” added the Italian coach.
“We will reconsider a call for the Ireland party or for the other two. You need to regain some confidence after so long without playing”, he justified the absence of the player who emerged from Universitario de La Plata. Parisse will feature for Toulon on Saturday when they take on Worcester Warriors in the European Challenge Cup.