Tollon’s number eight is Italian and is one of four Europeans among the 15 selected by a panel of experts.
Along with Paris in the 15th century, Irish legend Brian Odriscole, New Zealander Richie Macau, the only player in history to have lifted the World Cup twice, and the award-winning South African winger Brian Habana went on to become the best player of all time on the international stage.
7 All Blacks (Macau, Franks, Retallic, Whitelock, Carter, Smith, Ma Noonu), 3 South Africans (Emtawarira, Du Plessis, Habana), 2 Irish (Murray, Odysseus), one Australian (Poco) A Welshman ((north), of course, Paris.
“Every minute I play with Italy is an honor and a privilege,” said Paris. I hope it can inspire young Italians entering the Test arena or approaching our sport.
“I’m looking at the names of this ideal team, but I can not help but think it’s amazing to be able to play together at least once after facing opponents on the field so many times. I thank the experts who voted for the ideal team of the decade. I hope they have given Italy the respect they have shown in recent times.”