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Sergio Parisse to feature in next season's Top 14 at the age of 39

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Romaon Perrocheau/AFP via Getty Images)

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Veteran No8 Sergio Parisse is set to feature in the Top 14 at the age of 39 after agreeing to a one-year contract extension with Toulon. The 38-year-old celebrates his next birthday in September and he will do so with his boots still very much on as a new deal will see him spend a fourth season with his current club.

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The 142-cap Italian international started his career with two seasons at Benetton before switching to the French league in 2005 and going on to play 14 seasons at Stade Francais. His latest campaign with Toulon ended with an 80-minute appearance in their recent Challenge Cup final loss to Lyon, his 16th cup and league match in the 2021/22 season.

A club statement read: “The Rugby Club Toulonnais is pleased to announce the extension of the contract of back row Sergio Parisse for an additional year. Sergio Parisse, who arrived from Stade Francais-Paris in 2019 where he has spent almost all of his club career, has established himself as a part of the Toulon locker room.

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“Exemplary in terms of his lifestyle and endowed with a wealth of experience, the ex-captain of the Italy squad is a key element of the Rouge et Noir where he is one of the leaders. An emblematic face of Italian and world rugby, he has been capped 142 times and participated in the Rugby World Cup five times.

“A double Italian champion (Treviso), double French champion (Stade Francais) and a winner of the European Challenge, the career of the Italian player is exemplary.

“At almost 39 years old, Sergio dreams of contributing to winning a title for the Toulonnais and continuing to share his experience with the youngest. His professionalism now allows him to continue his adventure until 2023.”

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Toulon boss Franck Azema added: “We are happy with Sergio’s re-engagement. He is an important player for the group, who has great experience which he likes to pass on. In addition to his status as a player and preparing for his coaching diploma, Sergio will work with the club’s young people, in particular the U18s, in order to strengthen their skills.”

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