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History Made As Sergio Parisse Is Criticised - For 'Offensive' Remarks On Georgian Rugby

History Made As Sergio Parisse Is Criticised - For 'Offensive' Remarks On Georgian Rugby
By Conor Neville

History has been made today as Sergio Parisse was criticised in a national newspaper.

Fortunately, the criticism came from one of the only people on the planet who has the moral authority to dare to criticise Parisse.

Mamuka Gorgodze is even more Parisse than Parisse himself. The man is Georgia's more romantic version of the blessed Italian no.8.

For years, the fact that Parisse's greatest displays have usually gone unrewarded by victory has added to the romantic mystique of the man, giving him the irresistible air of an heroic martyr.

This is even more true of Gorgodze.

Today, in Midi-Olympique, Gorgodze has lashed Parisse for suggesting that there is no one who deserves to take Italy's place in the Six Nations.

The Italians have never set the world alight since joining the championship but even by their modest standards, the 2016 season represented an all-time low.


Ahead of the slaughter in Cardiff, Parisse rubbished the idea of Six Nations relegation, resting much of past Italian victories over Ireland and France.

The Georgians, meanwhile, - thanks in part to the arm of Denis Leamy and Wayne Barnes obscured view - cannot say they've beaten Ireland.

Could you imagine teams like Ireland, Scotland or even France being last in the tournament and being relegated and going to play other nations? I think it's a stupid question.

Italy do a lot for this tournament. I am really respectful for countries like Georgia and Romania, but they have never beaten France or Ireland. We really deserve to be here, simple as that.

Gorgodzilla stewed on these remarks for a while before delivering a salty response to a French journalist. The Georgian nation were offended, he said, by Parisse's dismissive remarks. Gorgodze is confident that his team wouldn't have conceded 70-points in Cardiff. Nor, we might add, did Italy. They only conceded 67 but that's probably being pedantic.

With all the respect I have for this world class player, it's not up to him to say that Italy deserves its place. We Georgians have been offended by his words. Me, I can tell you today Georgia wouldn't ship 70-points to Wales.

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