Six Nations 2013: Sergio Parisse set to face England after ban reduced
Six Nations 2013: Italy captain Sergio Parisse is expected to face England on Sunday after his 40-day ban is reduced
Italy captain Sergio Parisse looks set to play in this Sunday’s Six Nations clash with England after his ban was reduced by the French Rugby Federation.
Parisse was originally given a 40-day ban following Stade Francais’ game against Bordeaux-Begles in the Top 14 in February where he was accused of insulting a match official.
However, the Stade Francais skipper’s charge has been reduced by the FFR to ‘failing in his captain’s duties’.
The ban has also been reduced from 30 days, plus ten suspended, to just 20, which ends on Saturday, meaning he will be available for coach Jacques Brunel at Twickenham the following day.
Having missed the Six Nations defeat to Wales in Rome on 23 February, Parisse will also now be able to play in the Azzurri’s final fixture against Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico.
An FIR statement read: “It’s with satisfaction that we learned that Sergio Parisse’s suspension has been reduced to 20 days and, therefore, the player will be available for the next two games of the Six Nations.
“Sergio is an important member of this squad and we are delighted that he is available to Jacques Brunel for the games against England and Ireland.”