Beauden Barrett Sergio Parisse gives up shot at breaking Richie McCaw’s world record for most rugby tests

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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.
 

Beauden Barrett Sergio Parisse, pictured confronting All Black Aaron Cruden in a 2012 test in Rome, is set to retire from test rugby during the 2020 Six Nations tournament.

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Sergio Parisse, pictured confronting All Black Aaron Cruden in a 2012 test in Rome, is set to retire from test rugby during the 2020 Six Nations tournament.

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.

Beauden Barrett Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks to Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones as he visits the semifinal training venue at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks to Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones as he visits the semifinal training venue at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Beauden Barrett Italy's Sergio Parisse with his son after the game after a 2019 Six Nations game at Rome's Olympic Stadium.

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Italy’s Sergio Parisse with his son after the game after a 2019 Six Nations game at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

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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