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Report: Sergio Parisse To Delay Retirement After Meeting With New Italy Coach

At 32, Sergio Parisse remains very much the main man for the Italian rugby team. While the Azzurri look set for the Wooden Spoon this year, the Stade Francais number 8 has still be immense.

However, it is unclear how long he still has left at the top, and one must ponder how the Italians will cope with his retirement.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 12: Captain Sergio Parisse of Italy is seen prior to the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Jacques Brunel is stepping down as head coach of the side, and many things remain up in the air.

Reports in France yesterday have given Italian rugby fans a major boost.

Outgoing Harlequins coach Conor O’Shea has been widely linked with becoming the main man at the Stadio Olimpico, and Midi Olympique have reported that he sat down with Parisse to discuss the coming years.

Conor O'Shea

The number 8 and captain appears to have agreed to staying on until the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Italy travel to Cardiff for their final Six Nations game this Saturday, hoping to take a scalp at the Principality Stadium.

Although the Welsh may end up doing a number on them, this news today will raise spirits within Italian rugby.

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