Sergio Matteo Parisse (Italian pronunciation:[ˈsɛrdʒo paˈrisse]; born 12 September 1983) is an Italian rugby union player. He currently plays for French club Toulon and captained the Italian national team through the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Parisse is Italy's most-capped player, and currently third most-capped player worldwide. He was the first Italian rugby union player to be nominated for the IRB International Player of the Year, first in 2008 and again in 2013. Parisse is widely considered one of the greatest number eights to play the game in the modern era, and the greatest Italian rugby player of all time. He also holds the joint record of playing in five Rugby World Cups.