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Six Nations: Sergio Parisse not focusing on personal landmarks

Last Updated: 21/02/14 3:55pm

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Sergio Parisse: Italy captain focused on victory over Scots

Sergio Parisse: Italy captain focused on victory over Scots

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Sergio Parisse says victory over Scotland on Saturday is far more important to him than setting a new Italy caps record.

The flanker and team-mate Martin Castrogiovanni will win their 104th caps at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, eclipsing the current record held by Andrea Lo Cicero.

But the match has wider significance to both teams with the winner most likely to avoid finishing bottom of the Six Nations table.

In their four combined games Scotland and Italy have struggled, barring the Azzurri's battling 23-15 defeat by Wales, and Parisse says ending their barren streak has to come before any personal landmarks.

"The 104 caps is an important milestone for me, especially because I am sharing the feat with my great friend Castrogiovanni," Parisse said.

"Luckily I had very few serious injuries in my career and that has allowed me to get to this day.

"But I am putting that to one side. It is clear in my head right now that all I'm thinking about is Scotland and the win."

Concentration

Scotland have not won in Rome for eight years but Parisse is taking nothing for granted despite Scott Johnson's side making the trip having only scored six points in two games.

"A victory is not a foregone conclusion. We must not make the mistake of addressing the match without the proper concentration. Scotland have put us in trouble often in the past," he added.

"We have to play in the best possible way - it would be a fatal error if we do not go into the match with the right head.

"The best way to do well against Scotland is to be afraid of losing. Let me be clear - we are confident and we want to play with the right intensity for 80 minutes.

"We are playing at home in front of our large crowd. The Stadio Olimpico will be packed with 70,000 fans. We don want anything to go wrong."

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