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Vunisa relaxed about stepping in for Italian hero

Big on being a ball carrier at number eight . . . Vunisa. Photo: World Rugby

Big on being a ball carrier at number eight . . . Vunisa. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji-born number eight happy to replace Sergio Parisse in the Azzurri’s opening match against France on Saturday

GUILDFORD – Italy’s Samuela Vunisa is remarkably laid back for someone who has to replace a national hero.

The Fiji-born number eight is the man who has been selected to take the place of injured captain Sergio Parisse in the Azzurri’s opening match against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

Parisse is yet to recover after having a haematoma drained from his calf muscle and Italy coach Jacques Brunel gave the 27-year-old Vunisa the nod, with hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini chosen to lead the team out as captain.

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