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Amlin Challenge Cup: Sergio Parisse targets first European title for Stade Francais

Last Updated: 17/05/13 8:02pm

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Sergio Parisse has urged Stade Francais to make history against Leinster in the Amlin Challenge Cup final in Dublin.

The Parisians are one of the most famous names in world rugby, however European silverware is a notable omission from their trophy cabinet.

Stade were beaten finalists in the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2011, when they lost to Gonzalo Camacho's late try against Harlequins, while they were twice runners up in the Heineken Cup.

Stade will be big underdogs at the RDS, but Parisse wants his side to relax and enjoy the occasion.

Experience

"The club has never won a European trophy and that is an historic objective for us," Italy captain Parisse said.

"It also means that the players who will stay next season could play in the Heineken Cup.

"We have to play the game free in our minds - just like we did at Bath in the quarter-finals. Above all, we shall not be afraid.

"However, we are not favourites because we will be against a team that has huge experience in this kind of game.

"They (Leinster) have got fewer weaknesses than most teams, but I lived a beautiful experience this season with Italy against Ireland when we were not favourites and we won that Six Nations match.

"It would be wonderful to win the trophy, and I just hope those who play in the final earn a lot of experience from the occasion."

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