Thomas Castaignède is a former rugby union player. Playing at fly-half, centre and fullback, Castaignède was a versatile player with an abundance of talent. Castaignède represented France’s national side on 54 occasions and was an integral part of their side for 12 years.
Castaignède started his career at Toulouse in 1994, he played a crucial part in helping the club win three successive French titles; as well as dominating the national titles, Toulouse lifted the inaugural European Cup. After a few, extremely successful seasons at Toulouse, Castaignède moved to Castres Olympique in 1997. He eventually made a huge move to Saracens in 2000, Castaignède would play the rest of his domestic career at the Saracens and would make 58 appearances for them.
He made his debut for France in 1995, during the international career he played 54 times and featured in a number of Six Nations and World Cup squads. He played for France and Saracens until 2007 when he decided to retire to pursue a career in media. He has worked as a pundit numerous times on both French and British television, his great character and humour make him perfect for television. He has pursued a career as a rugby speaker and is highly sought after due to his discussions on teamwork, post-retirement career and leadership.