Parisse: ‘I felt I was in the right position’

Italy number eight Sergio Parisse was left regretting his 'split-second decision' to take a late drop-goal as his side fell to France on Saturday.

The Italy captain's effort was well wide as les Bleus held on to win 23-21 in Paris.

Explaining his decision to reporters after the game, Parisse was philosophical, having also scored his side's opening try in the first-half for Italy to take the lead. 

"I am disappointed but maybe I felt I was in the right position," Parisse said.

"I made a split-second decision. When you score it's fine and when you don't it shows obviously you had to do something else."

Despite the defeat Italy head coach Jacques Brunel was proud of the character his side showed, having been widely written off before the start of the Six Nations.

Young fly-half Carlo Canna impressed as he grew into the match and Brunel was pleased to see his whole team cause France plenty of problems throughout.

Brunel said: "We showed character, we showed we have an identity. We wanted to be a tough opponent and we managed that. We caused trouble to our opponents."