Parisse in doubt for Six Nations opener

Italy will be hoping that their captain Sergio Parisse will be fit for next Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Ireland despite suffering a dislocated finger.

The number eight suffered the injury during Stade Francais’s clash with Castres in the French Top 14 on Thursday.

But tests on Saturday showed the injury to be less serious than originally expected.

Italy team doctor Roberto Pozzoni said: “Fortunately the dislocation didn’t cause any nerve damage and we’re confident he will recover to play against Ireland in Rome on February 5.”

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