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Parisse ready to shrug off neck concern ahead of Ireland clash

The focal point of Italy’s game will be in place this weekend.

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ITALY EXPECT TO have talismanic captain Sergio Parisse in training tomorrow after the number eight underwent an MRI scan on his neck.

The Stade Francais star received treatment after taking a knock in the second half of Sunday’s Six Nations defeat to Wales, but team manager Luigi Troiani says the post-match scan has revealed no grave concern.

“The examination did not show anything special, and already this morning he gave great signs of improvement,” said Troiani.

“Tomorrow we hope to get him back on the pitch, to start to prepare for the match against Ireland.”

Meanwhile, forwards coach Giampiero De Carli says the Azzuri are accentuating the positives despite the 7 – 33 home defeat to Wales, pointing to the performance of the first 60 minutes as opposed to the three tries conceded after the hour mark.

“The team, up to a quarter of an hour from the end, was in the game and this is a fact. But we must take the result for what it is and look at the good things we have done and are doing.”


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