Six Nations: Italy captain Sergio Parisse urges his players to show their class
Last Updated: January 23, 2013 6:45pm
Sergio Parisse: Has urged Italy to push on in this year's Six Nations
Italy captain Sergio Parisse is in confident mood ahead of this year's Six Nations competition and is keen for them to rise above their status as also-rans.
The Azzurri avoided the wooden spoon in 2012, their 13-6 defeat over Scotland in Rome leaving them fifth in the table.
But Parisse is keen for them to move on to the next level and cause other teams some problems, with France, Wales and Ireland due to visit the Stadio Olimpico during the tournament.
"It's no long enough for us to play well, to be improving and be involved in good matches," he said.
"The gap between us and the other teams is closing, but for the credibility of the team we need results.
"We've been improving since we've been in the Six Nations and this year because we have three (home) games we hope to do well.
"We don't have fear of any team in the Six Nations and we want to confirm our progression by winning matches."
Meanwhile, Parisse believes France will win this year's Six Nations, despite England showing their class with victory over New Zealand at Twickenham in the autumn internationals.
"I believe France are the favourites, they make good decisions," he added.
"England beat the best team in the world in the autumn so everyone expects them to dominate the Six Nations. They are very structured and try to dominate the opposition physically.
"Against New Zealand they showed some interesting things, but they don't have the capacity to adapt their game like the French.
"Everything is well organised with France, but their players have the liberty to adapt and they are the best at doing that.
"England are more structured and follow instructions. They find it harder to adapt than France. But they are still one of the best teams in the world."