Martin Castrogiovanni

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Martín Castrogiovanni
Martin Castrogiovanni 2013 (cropped).jpg
Full name Martín Leandro Castrogiovanni
Date of birth (1981-10-21) October 21, 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth Paraná, Argentina
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 119 kg (262 lb; 18 st 10 lb) [1]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Tight-head Prop
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Atlético Estudiantes
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2006
2006–2013
2013–2015
2015–
Calvisano
Leicester Tigers
Toulon
Racing 92
20
145
38
(0)
(40)
(5)
correct as of 28 August 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2002– Italy 119 (60)
correct as of 19 March 2016.

Martín Leandro Castrogiovanni (born October 21, 1981) is an Italian Argentine rugby union footballer.

He played for Ghial Calvisano, with whom he won the Italian championship in 2005. He signed a contract with Leicester Tigers, and after a successful 2006/07 season with them, was named Guinness Premiership player of the season.[2] He wears the name "Castro" on his shirt rather than "Castrogiovanni" A native of Paraná, Argentina, Castrogiovanni made his international debut for the Italian national team on June 8, 2002, during the tour against the All Blacks, and since, has become a regular in the national side. He played every game of Italy's 2004 Six Nations campaign and was a reliable member of their forward pack, being selected man of the match in the victory against Scotland. One of his most famous moments came in 2004, when, during the summer tour against Japan, he scored a hat-trick - a rarity for a prop forward. He led the national team for the game against Scotland during the 2012 Six Nations Championship, which Italy won 13-6, leading him to Tweet "Only unbeaten 6 Nations Captain".

Castrogiovanni and Marcos Ayerza signed three-year contract extensions with the Premiership champions in January 2008.[3] In 2011, after much speculation about a move to France, he declared "money isn't everything" and renewed his contract with Leicester Tigers, much to the relief of the Leicester, where the chant of "Castro" is heard often as he is a firm favourite of the fans.

During the 2008 Six Nations Championship, Castrogiovanni was Italy's top try scorer.

After seven years at Welford Road, he signed for French club Toulon for the 2013–14 season.[4] On 10 June 2015, Castrogiovanni signed for Top 14 rivals Racing 92 from the 2015-16 season.[5]

While he helped lead Racing to their first-ever European club final in 2016, he would be suspended by Racing for that particular match. He did not play in Racing's European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final against Leicester Tigers, telling the club that he was in Argentina attending to family matters. However, he was instead spotted in Las Vegas partying with players from Parisian football club Paris Saint-Germain, including superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović, with photos of the group appearing in multiple French publications. The club indicated that it would take legal action against Castrogiovanni.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Castrogiovanni is co-owner of an Italian restaurant in Leicester, Timo. He has recently opened another Timo in Market Harborough, which he co-owns with fellow Tigers player Geordan Murphy.[7] He speaks four languages: his native Spanish, Italian, English and French.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Guinness Premiership player of the season
  3. ^ "Leicester duo agree new contracts". BBC. 2008-01-25. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Toulon confirm Castro move". Leicester Tigers. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Racing 92 sign veteran Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni". Planet Rugby. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Racing 92 suspend Martin Castrogiovanni after Las Vegas trip". ESPN (UK). 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Peter (3 April 2009). "Seabass off menu but Castro can still cook up a storm...". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 

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