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Sergio Parisse’s test debut against All Blacks.
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones now looms as the most likely player to beat Richie McCaw’s 148-test world record after confirmation Italian skipper Sergio Parisse plans to retire during this season’s Six Nations tournament.
Parisse, who has 142 caps, has confirmed he will end his 18-year international career with a final run-out in Rome, either against Scotland on February 22, or against England on March 14.
Jones has played in 143 tests matches (134 for Wales and nine for the British and Irish Lions), but could equal McCaw’s record if he plays all five tests during Wales’ Six Nations campaign, set to kick off on February 1.
That would give Jones the opportunity to break McCaw’s record for most test caps when Wales play the All Blacks in a two-test series in New Zealand in July.
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Parisse, who made his test debut in Hamilton in 2002 as a 19-year-old, confirmed to Italian sports dailyCorriere dello Sportthat he had told new Italy coach Franco Smith “of my desire to end my international career in Rome in front of my family, friends and our fans.
“He agrees that I deserve another game, that I cannot end with that [Rugby World Cup] match [against the
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