Italy captain Sergio Parisse finds himself back in the thick of things and preparing for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup clash against Ireland at the Olympic Stadium in London. The Irish have won both their matches to date convincingly (against Canada and Romania) while the Italians went down to France before narrowly edging Canada. If the Azzurri are to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time a win over the Shamrocks is essential and the return of Parisse is a timely boost.
The number eight, and leader of the national side suffered a left calf injury resulting in the need to drain a hematoma in a pre-World Cup Test in Cardiff against Wales. Parisse is back in the thick of things and training with his teammates However as much as the return of the eighthman is a tremendous boost for the southern Europeans, stand-in skipper Leonardo Ghiraldini has suffered a fresh injury blow.
Team doctor Vincenzeo Ieracitano says: ‘Ghiraldini reported an injury of to the flexor of the right leg. Currently he is undergoing therapies and continues his recovery. If between now and Thursday he were to show a marked improvement, we will evaluate an acceleration of the rehabilitation process to have him ready to play against the Irish. As for Parisse, he will begin to train with the team tomorrow, then undergo in the coming days a new ultrasound that will be decisive for his chances to play in the game on Sunday.’