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Parisse ruled out of Six Nations

20th February 2013 16:30

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Italy captain Sergio Parisse Six Nations launch with ball

Suspended: Sergio Parisse

Italy captain Sergio Parisse will miss the rest of the Six Nations after being suspended for 30 days for insulting a referee.

Parisse has been handed a 40-day suspension of which ten are suspended, making him elegible to play again on March 18th.

The suspension means Parisse will miss Italy's three remaining Six Nations clashes against Wales, England and Ireland in a huge blow to the Azzurri's chances in the tournament.

Parisse was shown a straight red card for insulting referee Laurent Cardona in the Top 14 fixture between his club Stade Franšais and Bordeaux-Begles. Punishments for insulting a referee can range from 40 days up to one year.

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