Gorgodze hits back at Parisse

Date published: March 29 2016

Georgia captain Mamuka Gorgodze has responded to Italian counterpart Sergio Parisse's comments about keeping the Six Nations trapdoor closed.

The powerful back-row, who plays his club rugby for Toulon, hit back at Parisse after he claimed Italy deserve their place at the top table.

Parisse was recently irked by questions from the media about their standing in the Six Nations after they suffered five losses from five.

"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," was the player's response when speaking to Rugbyrama on the matter.

"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."

That clearly upset Gorgodze, who has responded to the same website with a heated retort.

"What Parisse said about [promotion/relegation] was not good. It's not for him to say that one team should be in one place and another team elsewhere. His job is to play on the field and not to talk to the press off it," he said.

"What I can tell you is that Georgia would never lose by 70 points to Wales.

"For me, and I repeat it, Georgia aren't ready to play in the Six Nations. But were we to develop for 17 years at that level, I'm sure we'd progress at least as quickly as Italy."