Captain Sergio Parisse bemoaned Italy’s habit of conceding late tries as his side were condemned to the RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon for a second straight season following a 40-18 loss to France in Rome.
The Azzurri suffered a 10th straight home defeat in the Six Nations. In all three this season they have shipped tries in the last quarter to lose heavily, this time allowing their opponents a bonus point.
In glorious sunshine at the Stadio Olympico, France led 16-11 at the break as midway through the first half Gael Fickou cancelled out Parisse’s early try.
A try for recalled wing