BaaBaas honour for Parisse
Italy captain relishing chance to tackle Wales
By Debbie Kaplan. Last Updated: 10/05/11 3:06pm
Parisse: Honoured by call-up
Sergio Parisse has described his selection for the Barbarians as a great honour and highlight of his rugby career.
The Italy and Stade Francais back row talisman will face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on June 4 in what he regards as one of the greatest traditions in the game.
And the current Italy captain, who has 74 caps for his country, will line-up alongside the 110-time capped Australian George Smith and 98-time capped Welshman Martyn Williams.
Parisse said: "Barbarians rugby is one of the greatest traditions in the game and something that I grew up watching and which very much inspired me.
"Barbarians rugby is one of the greatest traditions in the game and something that I grew up watching and which very much inspired me.
Sergio Parisse Quotes of the week
"It will be a great honour for me to make my Barbarians debut and take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
"I will regard it as a great personal achievement and one of the highlights of my career so far to be able to pull on the famous jersey which so many legends of the game have worn.
"I hold players like George Smith and Martyn Williams in high esteem and it will also be a great privilege for me to take the field alongside them against Wales."
"We will have a side full of quality players and we will all be intent on winning and doing justice to the great tradition of Barbarians rugby in the process."