Parisse is a top player - Palmer
England second row Tom Palmer insists leading Italy brings out the best in Stade Francais team-mate Sergio Parisse.
England travel to Rome on Saturday for the second round of an RBS 6 Nations campaign that opened with a 13-6 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.
"Sergio Parisse is a high-quality player. He's a very good athlete, very powerful and combines that with being very skilful," said Palmer. "He has a high work-rate, so he has everything you need to be a top player. It seems as though he raises his game every time he plays for Italy."
Palmer added: "He often plays well for Stade, but not quite as consistently well as he does for Italy.
"He's the captain, it's a big responsibility for him and he rises to the challenge. He delivers every time he plays for them."