Martín Castrogiovanni is an Italian Argentine rugby union player.
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. 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. 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. On 10 June 2015, Castrogiovanni signed for Top 14 rivals Racing 92 from the 2015-16 season.
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