Martin Castrogiovanni is a retired rugby union player who represented Italy’s national side. Martin led a fantastic 15-year career in which he represented some of Europe’s top rugby clubs, such as Leicester Tigers.
His professional career started at Calvisano in 2001 and he was a part of the Italian Championship winning side in 2005. Castrogiovanni signed a contract with Leicester Tigers in 2006; after an incredibly impressive first year at the club, he was named Guinness Premiership player of the season. Although a native of Argentina, Castrogiovanni also qualified to play for Italy where he made his international debut for the Italian national team in 2002.
Castrogiovanni was a regular in the Italian side from 2002-2016 where he collected a staggering 119 appearances, he featured in every game of Italy’s Six Nations campaign in 2004. Castrogiovanni often speaks about performing under pressure and how he copes with extra pressure from fans; Castrogiovanni is a humble man with an inspiring attitude which makes him the perfect rugby speaker at your event.
2008 saw a three-year contract extension at Leicester Tigers for Castrogiovanni, a club in which he built a legacy at and won numerous Premiership titles. In 2011, Castrogiovanni claimed that ‘money isn’t everything’ when linked with a move away from the Tigers; this saw him renew his contract with the club and continue to build on his legendary status.
After seven successful years at Leicester Tigers, Castrogiovanni signed for Toulon. After two years at Toulon, he moved to Racing 92 where he would continue to play until retirement. Castrogiovanni has been labelled as a legend of the game by many past and present stars, he has since begun a career as a rugby speaker where he can express his love for the game and the barriers surrounding a rugby players career.
Castrogiovanni is co-owner of an Italian restaurant called Timo in Leicester and has recently opened another in Market Harborough. Castrogiovanni possesses a wonderful personality which led to him being a fan favourite throughout his career. As a rugby speaker, he discusses his rugby career as well as his Italian restaurants, Castrogiovanni also reflects on determination and ambition required to be successful. A Leicester Tigers legend, Castrogiovanni is available to hire as a rugby speaker for your upcoming event or function.