Thomas Castaignède

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Thomas Castaignède
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Birth name Thomas Castaignède
Date of birth (1975-01-21) 21 January 1975 (age 43)
Place of birth Mont-de-Marsan, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 84 kg (13 st 3 lb)
Notable relative(s) Stéphane Castaignède (brother)
Occupation(s) Banking
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Centre, Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
–1993 Stade Montois ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1994–1997
1997–2000
2000–2007
Toulouse
Castres
Saracens


58


(429)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1995–2007 France 54 (252)

Thomas Castaignède (born 21 January 1975) is a former French rugby union footballer from Mont-de-Marsan, Gascony.

Born in Mont-de-Marsan, Aquitaine, Castaignède played as a junior and senior for Stade Montois in various positions, initially as fly-half or centre, and latterly as fullback. He joined Toulouse to help them win French titles in three successive seasons, and lifted the inaugural European Cup with the club. Castaignède then played for Castres Olympique before joining Saracens.

Developing his career in preparation for his retirement, Castaignède became a rugby union columnist for The Guardian, a television pundit for Canal+[1] and occasionally ITV Sport, and started an association and occasional work with French banking group Société Générale.[2] On 10 May 2007, despite offers to return to France with various clubs, Castaignède announced his retirement from the sport after the 2007 Rugby World Cup in September, choosing to pursue a career in banking in London.[3]

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