This is the player profile of the Italian Rugby Union player Sergio Parisse.
Basic Details about Sergio Parisse
Full Name: Sergio Matteo Parisse
Date of Birth: 12th September 1983 (age: 35)
Place of Birth: La Plata, Argentina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Professional details about Sergio Parisse
Position: Flanker and Number Eight
Clubs Played: Treviso (2003 – 2005) | Stade Francais (Since 2005)
National Team: Italy (Since 2002)
- National Championship of Excellence
- Champions: 2002–03, 2003–04 (Treviso)
- Coppa Italia
- Champions: 2004–05 (Treviso)
- French Top 14
- Champions: 2006–07, 2014–15 (Stade Français)
- European Challenge Cup
- Champions: 2016-17 (Stade Français)
- Runners-up: 2010–11, 2012–13 (Stade Français)
Sergio Parisse: Early and Personal Life
Sergio Parisse was born in La Plata, Argentina and his father whose name is also Sergio also played for L’Aquila club in Italy for the Italian Club Championships in 1967 before the Alitalia took him to Argentina in the year 1970 where Sergio Jr. was born and played his rugby in La Plata during his early year. During his childhood, he used to go to Italy on holiday every year.
He got married to Alexandra Rosenfeld, Miss France, and Miss Europe of 2006. The couple has a daughter named Ava but unfortunately, they got divorced in 2013.
Later in 2014, Sergio Parisse married Silvia Bragazzi. They got married at an Italian consulate in Paris. At that time, he was training with the club Stade Francais. They met in 2013, and it was love at first sight. He is a keen skier but has done it less often after teammate Sylvain Marconnet broke his leg while skiing in 2007. Parisse married Alexandra Rosenfeld in early 2010 who has been Miss France 2006 and Miss Europe 2006. They got married in Herault at Rosenfeld’s hometown. The couple’s first child, Ava, was born on 23 August 2010 in Beziers field and Parisse filed for divorce in April 2013. Parisse remarried in 2014 to Silvia Bragazzi. Parisse has appeared on Dieux du Stade on numerous occasions. Parisse’s mother tongue is Italian, and he can also speak French, Spanish, and English.
Sergio Parisse Professional Career
Parisse first played for Treviso where he spent four years then he joined the Stade Francais club in France with his other Italian teammates Micro Bergamasco and Mauro Bergamasco. With great ability as number 8, Parisse has always had a sense of lineout and flair for getting across the gain line and this has made him a special player in not so competitive Italian team.
He made his international debut at the age of 18. The coach at that time, John Kirwan had put his trust in him. Parisse played his first game for Italy against New Zealand in Hamilton New Zealand in which New Zealand came out winners with a 64 – 10 score. He played extremely well in the 2007 IRB Rugby World Cup but unfortunately, Italy couldn’t go past the first round.
At the age of 24, Sergio Parisse got his 50th cap in a Six Nations Championship game against England. He was also appointed as the captain of the Italian National Rugby Union team in 2008. The same year he was also nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year with the likes of Ryan Jones, Shane Williams, Mike Blair, and Dan Carter.
He is also a part of the National Championship of Excellence with the Treviso team in 2002-03 and 2003-04, Coppa Italia champion in 2004-05, Stade Francais in 2007 as a champion of French Top 14, European Challenge Cup runners up.
Italy legend Sergio Parisse plans to retire from international rugby with a final appearance for the Azzurri at this year’s Six Nations. The 36-year-old, who has 142 caps, planned to retire after the World Cup.