Alun Wyn Jones Italy great Parisse plans Six Nations farewell – despite not making squad

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Parisse, centre, was highly critical of World Rugby’s decision to cancel, rather than postpone, Italy’s final pool match against New Zealand at last year’s World Cup

Italy legend Sergio Parisse plans to mark his retirement 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.

However, he was denied a farewell appearance when Italy’s final pool match in Japan was cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis.

Parisse is not in coach Franco Smith’s initial 35-man squad, but expects a call-up for Italy’s home games.

“I will face Scotland, England or both, but I will certainly not play the entire Six Nations,” Parisse said.

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